Mexico Watches Tropical Storm Kiko

(AP) Residents in western Mexico prepared for a possible sideswipe by Tropical Storm Kiko, which could still become a hurricane but unlikely to move inland.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm's eye would likely move northwest, parallel to Mexico's Pacific coast before heading out to sea.

Authorities discontinued a hurricane watch for Mexico's Pacific coast, but said the southern Baja California Peninsula could be put on alert Sunday. Kiko's outer bands could still kick up strong waves, winds and rains on land, forecasters said.

On Saturday night, the storm had maximum sustained winds of near 70 mph and was heading northwest at 6 mph. It was centered about 325 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas.

Authorities in Jalisco state were broadcasting radio messages advising people to closely monitor the storm's progress and stay away from areas that easily flood.

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