Tropical Storm Warning issued for the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula. At 2 am PDT/0900 UTC the government of Mexico has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula from Buenavista to Agua Blanca including Cabo San Lucas. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area generally within 24 hours.A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the Baja California peninsula along the East Coast from north of Buenavista to La Paz and along the West Coast from north of Agua Blanca to Santa Fe. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area generally within 36 hours. At 200 am PDT/0900 UTC the center of Tropical Storm Patricia was located near latitude 20.7 north longitude 109.3 west or about 155 miles/250 km south-southeast of the southern tip of Baja California. Patricia is moving toward the north near 6 mph 9 km/hr. A turn toward the northwest is expected tonight or early Wednesday. On the forecast track the center of Patricia should make its closest approach to the southern Baja California peninsula late today or early Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph/95 km/hr with higher gusts. Slight strengthening is possible during the next 24 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles/185 km mainly south from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb/29.44 inches. Patricia is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches across the extreme southern portion of Baja California.
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