Two Tropical Storms Form In Pacific

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MIAMI, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Fernanda maintained strength while a tropical depression strengthened to Tropical Storm Greg in the Pacific Ocean, forecasters said.

Neither storm prompted coastal watches nor warnings, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisories.

Fernanda, with sustained winds of about 50 mph, showed little change in strength as it moved westerly at 7 mph about 1,350 miles east-southeast of the southern point of the Hawaiian Islands.

The center said Fernanda was expected to gradually turn toward the west-northwest with a slight increase in forward speed in the next three days.

Greg, with sustained winds of 40 mph, was about 135 miles south-southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, moving on a west-northwest path at 16 mph.

The National Hurricane Center said Greg would gather strength and is expected to become a hurricane Thursday, bringing the possibility of locally heavy rain along the coasts of Guerrero and Michoacan states in the next few days.

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