Mexico braces for heavy rains from tropical low pressure system

Mexico is preparing for very heavy rains expected to hit its southern Pacific coast, as an unusually early start may be in the offing for the 2014 hurricane season.

The government of the Pacific coast state of Guerrero said Wednesday it is stepping up precautions. The state was hit by tropical storms Manuel and Ingrid in September, whose combined flooding and mudslides caused about 130 deaths.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says an area of low pressure located about 400 miles south-southwest of the port of Manzanillo has a 50 percent chance of becoming a cyclone by Friday.

The system will cause heavy rains along the coast.

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season officially begins May 15.