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Tropical Storm Marie forms in Pacific off Mexico

Tropical Storm Marie has formed in the eastern Pacific and is expected to become a hurricane this weekend that will stalk the Mexican coast, US forecasters warned on Friday (Aug 22).

MIAMI: Tropical Storm Marie has formed in the eastern Pacific and is expected to become a hurricane this weekend that will stalk the Mexican coast, US forecasters warned on Friday (Aug 22).

Packing maximum sustained winds of 50 miles (85 km) per hour, the weather system was "strengthening steadily" and predicted to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents along Mexico's coast over the coming days.

"Marie is likely to become a hurricane by early Saturday," the National Hurricane Centre said.

The storm was currently swirling 325 miles south of the Mexican resort of Zihuatanejo, the Miami-based centre said in its 1500 GMT (2300 GMT+8) advisory.

No coastal watches or warnings have been issued so far.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Lowell - the seventh of the season in the Pacific - lost steam and was downgraded to a tropical storm.

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