MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Patricia picked up strength off southern Mexico on Wednesday, prompting officials to issue a hurricane warning for parts of the country’s Pacific coast.
Patricia had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) and was forecast to strengthen further into a hurricane Thursday and make landfall Friday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.
A hurricane warning was in effect for the Mexican coast from Cabo Corrientes to Punta San Telmo, a stretch of coastline that includes the port city of Manzanillo.
A tropical storm warning was declared from Punta San Telmo east to Lazaro Cardenas.
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The storm’s center was about 240 miles (385 kilometers) south of Acapulco with movement toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 kph).
The Hurricane Center said Patricia was expected to bring heavy rain to the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero.