Tropical Storm Lester has become the twelfth named storm of the 2016 Pacific Hurricane Season. The coast of Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta, has been spared from storms so far this year as they have been spinning away from the coast and into the pacific.
Tropical Storm Lester is expected to strengthen into a hurricane later today as it moves into the Pacific.
Tropical Storm Lester was located near latitude 16.6 North, longitude 112.5 West. Lester is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h) and a gradual turn toward the west is expected over the next 48 hours.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Continued strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Lester is likely to become a hurricane on Friday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches).
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