Tropical Storm Octave Keeps Strength; Tropical Storm Priscilla Forms

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MIAMI, Oct. 14 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Octave maintained its strength near Mexico while Tropical Storm Priscilla formed in the eastern Pacific, U.S. weather forecasters said.

Octave, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, was about 245 miles south-southwest of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico, traveling north-northwest at 14 mph, the National Hurricane center said.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

Octave was expected to lose some forward speed and shift to the north Monday before turning northeast Tuesday, forecasters said. On its forecast track, Octave’s center was expected to approach the west coast of Baja California Sur state.

Forecasters said Octave should become a tropical depression Tuesday by the time it nears the Baja California peninsula.

Octave is expected to produce between 3 and 6 inches of rain over much of the peninsula, with up to 8 inches possible, forecasters said.

Priscilla, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, was about 705 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, moving north-northeast at 12 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 2 a.m. PDT advisory.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

Priscilla was expected to increase in forward speed and pick up some strength over the next couple of days, forecasters said.

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