Tropical Storm Odile forms in Pacific Ocean


Thursday, October 9th 2008, 8:13 am
By: News 9


MIAMI (AP) -- The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Odile has formed in the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Norbert has weakened to a Category 3 hurricane as it lumbers on a path expected to take it to Mexico's southern Baja California peninsula over the weekend.

Odile, the 15th named storm of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season, has maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (65 kph). But the storm is expected to strengthen.

Odile is centered about 315 miles (505 kilometers) southeast of Puerto Angel, Mexico. Forecasters expect Odile's center to head northwest, moving parallel to Mexico's Pacific coast but offshore.

Northwest of Odile, Hurricane Norbert's winds have decreased slightly to 125 mph (205 kph), but forecasters say it remains a dangerous storm.

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