Watches Issued Ahead of First Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm

The government of Mexico has issued a tropical storm watch for part of the country's coast as Tropical Storm Adrian nears hurricane strength in the Eastern Pacific.

Adrian's maximum sustained winds are about 70 mph (113 kph) and it's expected to get stronger. The storm is the first of the 2011 hurricane season.

The center of the storm is about 285 miles (459 km) south-southwest of Acapulco, Mexico, and moving north-northwest near five mph (eight kph). Forecasters say the center is expected to remain offshore, but a shift could bring tropical storm conditions to the coast.

The watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Acapulco west to Punta San Telmo. A watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 24 to 48 hours.

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