Hurricane Kay heads for Mexico’s Baja coast

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MEXICO CITY – Hurricane Kay quickly strengthened off the Pacific coast of Mexico on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph), forecasters saying it could brush the Baja California Peninsula like a hurricane this week.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Kay was located about 305 miles (495 kilometers) southwest of the seaport of Manzanillo.

Kay was moving west-northwest at 10 mph (17 km/h). A tropical storm watch has been issued for the southern portion of the Baja Peninsula.

Forecasters expected Kay to stay offshore as it moves further north, roughly parallel to the coast as it continues to strengthen.

Kay could approach to land later in the week at a relatively sparsely populated location around Isla de Cedros.

In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Earl was gaining strength northeast of Puerto Rico, dropping heavy rains on the Leeward Islands, the US and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

On Monday, Earl was located about 265 miles (425 kilometers) north of the island of St. Thomas and heading north at 6 mph (9 km/h).

Earl had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 km/h) and was expected to develop into a major hurricane later this week as it turns into the open Atlantic.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Danielle weakened somewhat over the Atlantic some 885 miles (1,430 kilometers) west-northwest of the Azores.

It had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 km/h).

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