Tropical Storm Andres Nearly A Hurricane

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- The sun has been peeking out along Mexico's Pacific coast today, but Tropical Storm Andres is approaching.

It's expected to grow into the Pacific season's first hurricane late today and graze the port city of Manzanilla.

The storm has already brought heavy rains to Acapulco, where it knocked down trees and caused flooding that forced about 150 people to evacuate homes yesterday. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Andres could bring a coastal storm surge as much as 3 feet above normal and as much as 8 inches of rain in a few spots.

Andres has been picking up speed as it heads for the coast. At latest report it was centered about 70 miles south-southeast of Manzanillo, moving northwest at about 12 mph. Top sustained winds are near 70 mph, and they're expected to build to 75 by late tonight.

The forecast track shows it weakening as it continues northwest along the coastline and veering west into the open Pacific and just south of the Baja California peninsula Thursday morning.

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