Tropical storm Patricia in Pacific upgraded to hurricane

Tropical storm Patricia reclassified as hurricane as its center aproaches coast of southwestern Mexico

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An uprooted palm tree is pictured in front a restaurant after it was hit by tropical storm Carlos, in Acapulco, Mexico, June 14, 2015.

Tropical storm Patricia off the Pacific coast of Mexico has been upgraded to a hurricane, US forecasters said Thursday.

Patricia is packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour) and is located 365 kilometers southwest of resort town of Acapulco, the US Hurricane Center in Miami said. 

The hurricane is moving west-northwest at a speed of 26 kilometres per hour, the center said. 

According to the current forecasts, the centre of the storm should approach the coast of southwestern Mexico on Friday. 

It is expected to become a major hurricane that day. 

Patricia is forecast to produce total rain accumulations of six to 12 inches (152 to 304 mm), with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches, over the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero from Thursday into Saturday.