Storm Lester becomes a hurricane in the Pacific – US monitor


WASHINGTON, Aug 27, 2016 (BSS/AFP) – Tropical Storm Lester off the
northwest Mexican coast strengthened to hurricane status on Friday, the US National Hurricane Center said.

The center of Lester is located some 550 miles (885 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and is packing winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour, the NHC said in its 0300 GMT bulletin.

However there are no coastal watches or warnings because Lester is moving west into the Pacific at a speed of nine miles (15 kilometers) per hour.

“This motion is expected to continue for the next few days,” the Miami-based NHC said.

Lester’s hurricane-force winds extend up to 25 miles (35 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 kilometers).

“Some additional strengthening is forecast in the next 48 hours,” the NHC said.