Storm Forecast To Become Hurricane Far Out In East Pacific


A strengthening tropical storm is swirling out in the eastern Pacific, while another named storm is moving across the open Atlantic. Neither Tropical storm Lane in the Pacific nor Subtropical storm Ernesto in the Atlantic poses any immediate threat to land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said late Wednesday that Lane had winds of 50 mph (85 kph) and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Thursday and a major hurricane by Saturday. Its center was 1,350 miles (2,170 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and heading west at 13 mph (20 kph).

Ernesto had maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (65 kph). It was centered about 630 miles (1,010 kilometers) southeast of Canada’s Cape Race, Newfoundland, and moving north-northeast at 10 mph (17 kph).

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