UPDATE: Erick Becomes Hurricane Off Mexican Coast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Saturday, July 6, 2013

The storm system Erick has strengthened to a hurricane off the Pacific coast of Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Erick became a hurricane Saturday and is centered about 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of Manzanillo and about 510 miles (820 kilometers) southeast of the southern tip of Baja California. It is moving northwest at 9 mph (15 kph) and has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (110 kph).

A hurricane watch is in effect for Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Zihuatanejo to Cabo Corrientes.

Forecasters predict a northwest to west-northwest track over the next few days but say the storm should remain offshore. Rain accumulations from 3 to 5 inches are expected. Forecasters warn of flash floods.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Forecasters say Tropical Storm Erick is intensifying off the coast of Mexico and quickly approaching hurricane strength.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Eric was centered about 130 miles (205 km) south-southwest of Lazaro Cardenas on Friday. Its maximum sustained winds had reached 70 mph (110 kph), and it was moving west-northwest at about 10 mph (17 kph).

Erick could reach hurricane strength by Friday night, though it is expected to remain offshore.

A tropical storm warning is in effect on the southwestern Mexican coast from Zihuatanejo to La Fortuna. A watch is in effect for west of La Fortuna to Cabo Corrientes.

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