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Tropical Storm Kiko weakens slightly in East Pacific

                                The 5-day forecast track for Tropical Storm Kiko.
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The 5-day forecast track for Tropical Storm Kiko.

Kiko, one of three tropical storms in the East Pacific, weakened slightly today far from Hawaii.

As of 11 a.m. Hawaii time, Kiko had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, moving west-northwest at 7 mph, and was centered 1,705 miles east-southeast of Hilo. Tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 105 miles from the center, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami projects Kiko, which was a Category 1 hurricane earlier this week, will slowly strengthen over the next few days, possibly regaining hurricane strength during that time as it moves closer to the Central Pacific.

Kiko is expected to head northwest later today through Friday night, changing to a west-southwestward track this weekend through early next week.

The hurricane center is also monitoring Lorena and Mario closer to Mexico. Lorena is expected to grow into a hurricane as it nears the southern portion of Baja California by tonight, while Mario is projected to move northwest farther off the Mexican coast.

Lorena’s high surf, strong winds and heavy rains have placed a large swath of Mexico’s southwestern coast under a hurricane warning.

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