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Tropical Storm Hernan forms in Pacific off Mexico

Tropical Storm Hernan strengthening as it moves out into the Pacific, far from mainland Mexico

Tropical Storm Hernan forms in Pacific off Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Tropical Storm Hernan has picked up strength off Mexico's western coast and may become a hurricane as it moves out further into the Pacific Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday morning that Hernan was about 415 miles (665 kilometers) south of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula and was moving to the northwest at 14 mph (22 kmh). It had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kmh), with higher gusts.

The center said Hernan could become a hurricane by Sunday afternoon and then likely would weaken on Monday.

Forecasters said the center of Hernan was expected to pass Sunday to the southwest of Socorro Island, part of a volcanic archipelago that is home to a Mexican naval station.

Updated : 2021-05-16 02:49 GMT+08:00