Hurricane Dora strengthens off Mexican coast

ACAPULCO, Mexico  — Hurricane Dora grew stronger offshore on Wednesday as it brought rain to the Mexican coast. The fourth hurricane of the eastern Pacific season was forecast to move parallel to the shoreline for several days.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was centered about 225 miles (360 kilometers) south-southwest of Acapulco and was moving west-northwest at 18 mph (30 kph) with top sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph).

Mexican authorities issued a tropical storm watch from Lazaro Cardenas to Cabo Corrientes, meaning tropical storm conditions were possible within 36 hours.

The storm’s proximity to the coast prompted heavy-rain warnings in the Pacific coast states of Guerrero and Oaxaca. Officials also warned of high waves in Oaxaca and Chiapas.

In Guerrero, the government was preparing nearly 900 shelters in flood-prone areas along the coast, which includes the resort city of Acapulco. Boaters were warned to take precautions.

In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Bret was forecast to weaken to a tropical depression by Thursday as it moved northeast away from the Bahamas and well off the U.S. Atlantic coast.

Bret’s maximum sustained winds were 50 mph (85 kph). Its center was about 290 miles (465 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and 570 miles (920 kilometers) west of Bermuda.

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