Pacific Storm Dora at Hurricane Strength

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. weather forecasters say tropical storm Dora has become the fourth hurricane of the eastern Pacific season as it swirls in the open ocean off the coast of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Dora is about nearly 400 kilometers south-southeast of Acapulco, Mexico, with winds of 120 kilometers per hour. The storm is expected to move nearly parallel to the Mexican coast, but remain offshore.

Forecasters warn that hurricane Dora could generate swells that will affect the coast of southern Mexico and are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

In the Atlantic, tropical storm Bret is forecast to slowly weaken as it moves northeast away from the Bahamas and well off the U.S. Atlantic coast. Forecasters say Bret has 85-kilometer-per-hour winds and is centered about 515 kilometers south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.