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Erick becomes hurricane off Mexican coast

MIAMI (AP) - The storm system Erick has strengthened to a hurricane off the Pacific coast of Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Erick became a hurricane Saturday and is centered about 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of Manzanillo and about 510 miles (820 kilometers) southeast of the southern tip of Baja California. It is moving northwest at 9 mph (15 kph) and has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (110 kph).

A hurricane watch is in effect for Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Zihuatanejo to Cabo Corrientes.

Forecasters predict a northwest to west-northwest track over the next few days but say the storm should remain offshore. Rain accumulations from 3 to 5 inches are expected. Forecasters warn of flash floods.

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