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Tropical Storm Patricia prompts watches on Mexican coast

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2015 | 9:23 AM


Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been issued for parts of Mexico's Pacific coast ahead of the expected approach of Tropical Storm Patricia.

Patricia's maximum sustained winds early yesterday were near 40mph (65kph). The US National Hurricane Centre said additional strengthening is forecast and Patricia is expected to become a hurricane by today.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Mexico's coast from Lazaro Cardenas to Playa Perula. A tropical storm watch is in effect from east of Lazaro Cardenas to Tecpan de Galeana.

Up to yesterday, the storm was centred about 375 miles (605 kilometres) southeast of Acapulco, Mexico, and is moving west near seven mph (11kph).