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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Emilia formed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico, though forecasters said Thursday that it was expected to stay far out to sea and pose no threat to land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm’s maximum sustained winds had risen to 45 mph (75 kph) by midafternoon. Its center was about 605 miles (970 kilometers) south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula and was moving to the west-northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).

The center said Emilia could strengthen a bit more over the next 24 hours but was likely to keep moving in the same general direction farther out into the Pacific before beginning to weaken during the weekend.


This story has been corrected to show that the storm’s name is Emilia.