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Tropical Storm Aletta nears hurricane force in Pacific
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first tropical storm of the eastern Pacific season was nearing hurricane force far off the coast of Mexico on Thursday, but it was moving out to sea and forecasters said it's no threat to land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Aletta was centered about 435 miles (700 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, and it had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 6 mph (9 kph).

The center said Aletta was likely to reach hurricane force of 74 mph (119 kph) later Thursday.