Tropical Storm Cristina forms off Mexico

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) gestures as she speaks during a news conference after meeting with officials from the National Hurricane Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Florida National Guard and Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami. Behind Wasserman Schultz are, from left, Jonathan Lord, Division Director, Miami-Dade EOC, Rob Levine, Regional CEO, American Red Cross South Florida, Ed Rappaport, Deputy Director National Hurricane Center, and Miguel Ascarrunz, Interim Director, Broward EOC. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) gestures as she speaks during a news conference after meeting with officials from the National Hurricane Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Florida National Guard and Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami. Behind Wasserman Schultz are, from left, Jonathan Lord, Division Director, Miami-Dade EOC, Rob Levine, Regional CEO, American Red Cross South Florida, Ed Rappaport, Deputy Director National Hurricane Center, and Miguel Ascarrunz, Interim Director, Broward EOC. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Cristina has formed off the southwestern coast of Mexico and is expected to blow into a hurricane later in the week.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, says the storm late Monday was about 155 miles (255 kilometers) south-southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

Maximum sustained winds are about 40 mph (65 kph). It is moving west at about 2 mph (4 kph) and is expected to keep moving in that direction out to sea.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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