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Tropical Storm Andres, 1st of Pacific season, strengthens off Mexico but no threat to land

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MIAMI — The first named tropical storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season is strengthening rapidly and expected to soon become a hurricane.

Tropical Storm Andres formed Thursday far off the coast of Mexico, and strengthened through the day to reach maximum sustained winds near 70 mph (110 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm is expected to become a hurricane on Friday, with additional strengthening Saturday, though it is not currently forecast to threaten land.

The storm is centered about 800 miles (1,285 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, and is moving northwest at 10 mph (17 kph). It is expected to take a turn toward the northwest and move more slowly on Friday.

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