Odile May Become Hurricane; Tropical Storm Edouard Forms

Tropical Storm Odile may become a hurricane today off Mexico’s Pacific coast, while Tropical Storm Edouard formed in the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Odile, with top winds of 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour, is 245 miles south of Manzanillo on Mexico’s west coast, where a tropical storm watch is in effect, the hurricane center said in an advisory at 2 a.m. Pacific Daylight time.

“Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Odile could become a hurricane by tonight,” the Miami-based center said.

Odile is the 15th named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season, which ends on Nov. 30. Its center is expected to remain at sea through the weekend.

The tropical storm watch extends from Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, where high winds and heavy surf and rip currents are possible over the next two days.

Farther west, a tropical depression is about 800 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, the center said in an advisory.

In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Edouard was 1,175 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands with top winds of 40 mph. It is the fifth named tropical storm of the current Atlantic hurricane season, and isn’t expected to threaten land.

Forecasters are also watching a low pressure system over the Bahamas that has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical system in the next five days, the center said. It may drift west over Florida and possibly enter the Gulf of Mexico.

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