MEXICO CITY – Hurricane Elida weakened to a Category 1 storm off Mexico on Thursday, while Tropical Storm Fausto continued to gain strength.
Both storms were well off Mexico's Pacific coast and not expected to threaten land.
Tropical Storm Fausto had maximum sustained winds near 70 mph and was expected to become a hurricane as early as Friday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.
Fausto was centered 430 miles south of Manzanillo and moving west-northwest at 12 mph.
Farther off the coast, Hurricane Elida was downgraded to a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The hurricane center said Elida will continue to weaken as it moves over cooler water and could become a tropical storm by Friday.
Elida was located about 1,030 miles off the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula Thursday afternoon.
In the open Atlantic, Tropical Storm Bertha had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph after pummeling the resort island of Bermuda.