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Tropical Storm Erick intensifying off Mexico

Friday - 7/5/2013, 11:09pm  ET

This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, July 05, 2013 at 02:00 PM EDT shows Tropical Storm Erick off the coast of southwestern Mexico moving west northwest skirting the Baja Peninsula. Clouds over the Intermountain West associated with a cold front will bring scattered rain showers while and area of low pressure further south brings rain to the desert southwest. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Tropical Storm Erick is intensifying off the coast of Mexico and quickly approaching hurricane strength.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Erick was centered about 165 miles (270 kms) southeast of Manzanillo, Mexico late Friday. Its maximum sustained winds had reached 70 mph (110 kph), and it was moving northwest at about 10 mph (17 kph).

Erick is expected to reach hurricane strength shortly, but is expected to remain offshore.

A tropical storm warning is in effect on the southwestern Mexican coast from Zihuatanejo to Cabo Corrientes.

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