Tracking the Tropics
Tropical Storm Hilary could become a hurricane
MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Hilary is quickly strengthening in the Pacific south of Mexico and could soon become a hurricane.
Hilary's maximum sustained winds early Thursday are near 70 mph (110 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hilary could become a hurricane later in the day and could become a major hurricane by Saturday.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Mexico's coast from Lagunas de Chacahua to Punta San Telmo. A tropical storm watch is in effect for west of Punta San Telmo to Manzanillo.
Hilary is centered about 115 miles (185 kilometers) south-southeast of Punto Maldonado, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest near 9 mph (15 kph).
In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Ophelia's winds have increased to 65 mph (100 kph) but it's expected to begin weakening.
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