Tropical Storm Paul strengthens in east Pacific
This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM EDT shows cloudiness associated with a frontal system over the Pacific Northwest with rain showers. Tropical Storm Paul is in the Eastern Pacific Ocean moving northward at 9 mph. Maximum winds are 50 mph and is expected to strengthen into a Hurricane in the next 48 hours.(AP WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
Published Sunday, October 14, 2012 7:44AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, October 14, 2012 2:36PM EDT
MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Paul is lumbering across the eastern Pacific, well southwest of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported at 5 a.m. EDT Sunday that Paul is 1070 kilometers south-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California.
The storm has top sustained winds of 85 kph, up from 64 kph several hours earlier. Forecasters say the tropical storm recently began slowing down and was moving west at 15 kph.
The Miami center says Paul is expected to become a hurricane sometime Monday.
No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.
The storm is expected to turn to the northwest during coming hours and then toward the north with an increase in forward speed by Monday.