From: Reuters
Published June 20, 2010 09:00 AM

Tropical Storm Celia may become hurricane off Mexico

Tropical Storm Celia formed on Saturday in the Pacific off southern Mexico and could soon become a hurricane as it moves away from the coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Celia, the third named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, was 340 miles south of the tourist resort of Acapulco, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

"Celia could become a hurricane later tonight or Sunday," the center said, warning the storm will cause dangerous surf conditions along the Mexican coast.

With winds up to 65 mph, Celia was moving toward the west at 8 mph and was expected to remain well offshore from Mexico, the center said.

Tropical storm Blas, which on Thursday became the second named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, was 420 miles south of Baja California and was expected to continue to move west, away from the coast.

Tropical storm winds extend out to 65 miles from the storm center.

Map shows storm track over the past 5 days.

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