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Tropical Storm Cristina expected to strengthen in Pacific off Mexico's coast later this week

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    Andrea Bagley
    Digital Reporter

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 8:01 AM - A disturbance in the eastern Pacific has strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristina as it swirls off Mexico's coast.

    The storm's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday were near 65 km/h.

    According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Cristina could become a hurricane by Thursday.

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    There are currently no coastal watches or warnings in place and the storm is centred about 250 km south-southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

    "Swells generated by Cristina are affecting a portion of the coast of south-central Mexico," the NHC says. "These swells will likely continue through Tuesday and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions."

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