December 22, 2014
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Patricia has strengthened out in the Pacific, hundreds of miles off Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
Forecasters at the Miami center said at 5 a.m. EDT Monday that Patricia's center was located 305 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of Baja California.
Patricia was moving toward the north-northwest at about 7 mph Monday. The center says maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph and more strengthening is expected in the next day or so.
The center says Patricia became a named tropical storm late Sunday and a tropical storm watch may be required for part of the southern Baja California peninsula later Monday.
Tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 70 miles from the center.
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