Tropical Storm Erick intensifying off Mexico

This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, July 05, 2013 at 02:00 PM EDT shows Tropical Storm Erick off the coast of southwestern Mexico moving west northwest skirting the Baja Peninsula. Clouds over the Intermountain West associated with a cold front will bring scattered rain showers while and area of low pressure further south brings rain to the desert southwest. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, July 05, 2013 at 02:00 PM EDT shows Tropical Storm Erick off the coast of southwestern Mexico moving west northwest skirting the Baja Peninsula. Clouds over the Intermountain West associated with a cold front will bring scattered rain showers while and area of low pressure further south brings rain to the desert southwest. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

— Forecasters say Tropical Storm Erick is intensifying off the coast of Mexico and quickly approaching hurricane strength.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Erick was centered about 115 miles (200 kms) southwest of Lazaro Cardenas on Friday. Its maximum sustained winds had reached 70 mph (110 kph), and it was moving west-northwest at about 10 mph (17 kph).

Erick could reach hurricane strength by Friday night, though it is expected to remain offshore.

A tropical storm warning is in effect on the southwestern Mexican coast from Zihuatanejo to La Fortuna. A watch is in effect for west of La Fortuna to Cabo Corrientes.

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