Tropical storm Patricia strengthens off Mexico
Tropical Storm Patricia churned towards the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Tropical Storm Patricia churned towards the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday and was forecast to hit land late on Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The 16th named storm of in the eastern Pacific hurricane season, Patricia was packing winds near 50 mph (80 kph) and was expected to strengthen over the next day.
On Monday the storm's center was about 245 miles (395 km) south of Baja California's tip, home to the popular tourist resort Los Cabos.
The Mexican government issued a tropical storm warning for the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula from the state capital of La Paz to the town of Santa Fe.
"A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours," said a statement from the Hurricane Center.
Most of Mexico's oil installations are in the Gulf of Mexico so Pacific storms rarely threaten oil production or exports.
The 2009 hurricane season has so far been relatively quiet with few storms causing major damage.
Reuters Last Mod: 13 Ekim 2009, 00:57