Erick becomes hurricane off Mexican coast
MIAMI - The storm system Erick has strengthened to a hurricane off the Pacific coast of Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Erick became a hurricane Saturday and is centered about 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of Manzanillo and about 510 miles southeast of the southern tip of Baja California. It is moving northwest at 9 mph (15 kph) and has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. A hurricane watch is in effect for Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Zihuatanejo to Cabo Corrientes. Forecasters predict a northwest to west-northwest track over the next few days but say the storm should remain offshore. Rain accumulations from 3 to 5 inches are expected. Forecasters warn of flash floods.