Tracking the Tropics
Hilary becomes Category 2 hurricane in Pacific
MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Hurricane Hilary is now a Category 2 storm in the Pacific south of Mexico.
Hilary's maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph (170 kph) Thursday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says that additional strengthening is expected and that the storm could become a major hurricane by Thursday night.
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 90 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest near 10 mph (17 kph).
In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Ophelia's winds remained near 65 mph (100 kph), but it's expected to begin weakening in the next couple of days.
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