2 tropical storms gaining force off Mexico’s coast

Two new tropical storms were strengthening off Mexico on Monday and both were projected to reach hurricane force while marching northwestward parallel to the coast, bringing heavy surf.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm John was expected to strengthen rapidly and become a hurricane by Monday and a major hurricane by Tuesday. Tropical Storm Ileana also was growing while racing John up the coastline.

John was centered about 335 miles (540 kilometers) southwest of the Mexican port of Manzanillo early Monday, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph). It was moving west-northwest at 8 . . .



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