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Tropical Storm Kiko maintains strength 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, maintained strength this morning, far from Hawaii.

As of 11 a.m. Hawaii time, Kiko had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, moving northwest at 6 mph, and was centered 1,590 miles east of Hilo. Tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 45 miles from the center, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami projects Kiko, which was a Category 1 hurricane earlier this week, is unlikely to change in strength this weekend as it moves closer to the Central Pacific.

Kiko is expected to head west tonight, followed by a turn toward the west-southwest over the weekend.

The hurricane center is also monitoring Hurricane Lorena and Tropical Storm Mario closer to Mexico. Lorena grew to hurricane strength Thursday and is already hugging the southern portion of Baja California, while Mario is continuing to move north 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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