From: Reuters
Published September 30, 2007 05:27 PM

Tropical Storm Juliette forms in Mexican Pacific

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Juliette formed in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico and was forecast to whirl along off the Baja California peninsula over the next few days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Sunday.

Juliette was carrying maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph) and was more than 350 miles southwest of the peninsula.

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The center described Juliette as a "weaker storm" that could lose force as it hit cooler waters.

Most of the peninsula is sparsely inhabited desert but Baja California is also home to a beach resort, Los Cabos, that is popular with U.S. visitors.

Hurricane Henriette slammed into Los Cabos earlier this month, killing a foreign tourist. Two fishermen also died.

Hurricane Ivo followed Henriette later in September but made landfall as a tropical storm in a sparsely populated area of Baja California.

The center also said on Sunday that Tropical Storm Melissa had weakened to a tropical depression in the eastern Atlantic Ocean far from land as its winds decreased to 30 mph (45 kph).

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