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AP - Tropical Storm Patricia was strengthening Monday as it inched closer to the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, prompting the government to issue a tropical storm watch for the resort-dotted southern part of the peninsula.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Patricia's center was located about 215 miles (345 kilometers) south of the southern tip of Baja California Monday afternoon.

Patricia was moving toward the north-northwest at about 8 mph (13 kph), and maximum sustained winds increased to 60 mph (95 kph) by Monday afternoon. Some strengthening was expected over the next 24 hours, and the storm be very near the peninsula by Tuesday afternoon, the center said.

Patricia became a named tropical storm late Sunday.

Tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 115 miles (185 kilometers) from the center. The Mexican government issued a tropical storm watch — meaning tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area — from La Paz to Santa Fe in Baja California Sur state.


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