Tropical Storm Lowell forms off southwest Mexico

September 6, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Lowell has formed off Mexico's southwest Pacific coast. The center said late Saturday at about 11 p.m. EDT that Lowell took shape as a tropical storm about 265 miles south-southwest of the Mexican port city of Manzanillo.

Forecasters say Lowell is moving toward the northwest at about 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of nearly 40 mph. The center says Lowell is expected to strengthen in the next 48 hours and could become a hurricane by Monday.

Forecasters say rainfall could total 2 to 4 inches 2 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) in mountainous areas of southern Mexico before Lowell gradually drifts away from the coast.

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