Tropical Storm Douglas Forms Off Mexico

Could cause heavy rain, but not expected to hit land
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2008 1:27 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Tropical Storm Douglas formed off Mexico's Pacific coast today, but forecasters say it is not expected to hit land. The storm, located about 245 miles southwest of Manzanillo, will bring rough weather to the southern Baja California Peninsula and could dump heavy rains between Lazaro Cardenas and Puerto Vallarta.

"Right now we are not forecasting it to hit land but there is always uncertainty," a National Hurricane Center specialist said. "We couldn't rule out at this point some impact in the southern Baja Peninsula." The storm was moving northwest at 8 mph with winds clocking in at 40 mph. It was expected to continue to strengthen before moving over cooler waters and weakening out at sea by Friday, forecasters said.