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Planet Ark World Environment News Tropical Storm Beatriz Forms Off Mexico Coast

Date: 20-Jun-11
Country: MEXICO
Author: Patrick Rucker and Luis Rojas Mena

Tropical Storm Beatriz, the second named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, formed off Mexico's Pacific Coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Sunday.

A hurricane watch is in effect for the Mexican coast north from the tourist town of Zihuatanejo to Manzanillo and the storm should brush the coast at hurricane strength on Tuesday morning, according to the center.

Beatriz was 205 miles southwest of Punto Maldonado, Mexico and headed west-northwest at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph according to a report at 2 p.m. EST.

Mexico has no oil installations in the Pacific but its coast is dotted with beach resorts popular with U.S. tourists.

Hurricane Adrian, which formed earlier this month and left no damage, was the first hurricane of the 2011 Pacific season.

(Editing by Sandra Maler)

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