Tropical storm watch issued for the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula. At 8 am PDT/1500 UTC the government of Mexico has issued a tropical storm watch for the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula from La Paz to Santa Fe. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area generally within 36 hours.
At 800 am PDT/1500 UTC the center of Tropical Storm Patricia was located near latitude 19.1 north/longitude 109.6 west or about 265 miles/425 km south of the southern tip of Baja California. Patricia is moving toward the north-northwest near 8 mph/13 km/hr. And this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 to 36 hours. On the forecast track the center of Patricia will be very near the Baja California peninsula by Tuesday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph/75 km/hr with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours.
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