Tropical storm strengthens in Pacific, but no threat to land

Tropical Storm Alvin has been gaining strength in the Eastern Pacific far off the coast of Mexico, though it’s no threat to land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Alvin’s maximum sustained winds have grown to 60 mph (95 kph) and could strengthen further.

It was located about 555 miles (890 kilometers) south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula early Thursday and moving to the west-northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).

Forecasters say it’s expected to keep moving roughly northwestward and should begin to weaken on Friday.

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