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Tropical Storms Willa and Vicente swirling off Mexican coast

Published:Saturday | October 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM


Two tropical storms are swirling in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico, and one is forecast to become a hurricane and approach the country's west coast late this week.

Tropical Storm Willa is the 21st named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season. It was about 305 miles (490 kilometres) south-southwest of the port city of Manzanillo yesterday.

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said it was likely to remain well off the coast through Wednesday, but after that it could turn towards land.

Tropical Storm Vicente formed last Friday off the coast of the southern state of Chiapas. Its core was about 170 miles (270 kilometres) southeast of Salina Cruz.

The NHC said it could produce three to six inches of rain along Mexico's southern Pacific coast and parts of Guatemala.