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Tropical storm Kay affects the Pacific coast of Mexico

Today, Tropical Storm Kay hit the Pacific coast of Mexico with heavy rain as it continued to move toward the Baja California peninsula. Its maximum sustained winds increased to 85 mph (140 kph). Forecasters say it could skim the peninsula as a hurricane this week.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Kay was about 340 miles (545 kilometers) south of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula and was moving northwest at 22 kph (14 mph). A tropical storm warning has been issued for the southern part of the peninsula.

Forecasters expect it to remain offshore as it moves further north, more or less parallel to the coast, as it continues to strengthen.

Kay could approach for landfall later in a relatively unpopulated spot around Cedros Island.

Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Earl was expected to strengthen northeast of Puerto Rico after dumping heavy rain on the Leeward Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Earl was about 370 miles (595 kilometers) north of the island of St. Thomas on Monday and was heading north at 5 mph (7 kph) with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph). It is expected to become a major hurricane later this week.

For its part, Hurricane Danielle weakened over the Atlantic, about 1,290 kilometers (805 miles) west-northwest of the Azores. It had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph).

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