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Tropical storm Dora becomes 4th Pacific hurricane of the season

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Tropical storm Dora, the fourth named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, strengthened off the coast of Central America on Monday. The storm, with winds of about 95 kph, could reach hurricane strength on Tuesday but is not forecast to make a direct hit on land and there are no coastal warnings in effect, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Dora is located south of Guatemala and southern Mexico and is moving up the Pacific coastline. The NHC said swells caused by Dora would probably begin affecting the coast of southern Mexico on Tuesday. Heavy rains have already drenched Central America this year, putting the vulnerable countries at risk of floods and landslides that could also affect export crops. Two people died and three are missing in Guatemala due to rains last week.

Tropical Storm DORA Public Advisory (NOAA)

Satellite Animations

As a result of the power of Dora’s increasing winds, large ocean swells are expected to begin affecting the southern coast of mainland Mexico today. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.The Mexican Weather Service has posted weather warnings for the Mexican states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero. Residents in those states can expect heavy rains, gusty winds, and some local flooding. According to weather reports from the , Oaxaca was already reporting rain at 9 a.m. EDT on July 19. Winds were from the east-northeast near 5 mph (4 knots) and it was 62 degrees Fahrenheit (17C). For weather advisories in Spanish from the Mexican Weather Service, go to: http://smn.cna.gob.mx/.

At 5 a.m. EDT (2 a.m. PDT), Tropical Storm Dora’s winds were near 65 mph (100 kmh) and are expected to continue strengthening today. It was located about 300 miles (485 km) south of Puerto Angel, Mexico near 11.4 North and 95.9 West. It was moving to the west near 16 mph (26 kmh). Tropical storm-force winds extend out 125 miles from the center, making the storm about 250 miles in diameter.

Dora is expected to continue tracking off-shore from western Mexico and strengthen to hurricane status later today.

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