Estimated read time: Less than a minute
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Rachel strengthened Thursday over open waters off Mexico's Pacific coast, but was expected to pose little threat to land.
The storm's maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph (85 kph) Thursday night, and some slow strengthening was expected, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
Rachel, which reached tropical storm force late Wednesday, was centered about 380 miles (615 kilometers) south of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula and moving west-northwest at 14 mph (22 kph).
The forecast track would carry the storm a little farther out to sea at just below hurricane strength, then curve it back toward the Baja peninsula next week as a fading tropical depression.
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.