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Tropical Storm Kay becomes eleventh Pacific storm of 2016

Tropical Storm Kay has formed in the Pacific off the coast of Mexico.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 40 mph (65 kph) with no significant change in strength expected during the next day or so.

Tropical Storm Kay is centered about 315 miles (510 kilometers) south-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and is moving northwest near 7 mph (11 kph).

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

At 300 AM MDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Kay was located near latitude 18.4 North, longitude 110.9 West. Kay is moving toward the northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h). A turn toward the north-northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected to begin today.

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Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. No significant change in strength is forecast during the next day or so.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) to the southeast of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).