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Expected hurricane forms near Mexico

Tropical Storm Carlotta has formed in the Pacific south of Mexico and is expected to become a hurricane.

Carlotta's maximum sustained winds increased Thursday morning to near 70 kph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says additional strengthening is forecast and Carlotta is expected to become a hurricane by the time it reaches Mexico's southern coast on Friday.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Mexico's Pacific coast from Barra de Tonala to Punta Maldonado.

The tropical storm is centred about 650 kilometres south-southeast of Puerto Angel, Mexico, and 965 kilometres southeast of Acapulco, Mexico. The storm is moving northwest near 17 kph.

Tropical storm-force winds are extending outward up to 75 kilometres from the storm's centre.

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