Jova could become a hurricane soon in Pacific

October 8, 2011 - 11:30 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Jova could become a hurricane later in the day out in the Pacific Ocean.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday that Jova had maximum sustained winds near 70 mph (113 kph) but was still far from land. It was about 460 miles (740 kilometers) west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, on Saturday morning.

Current forecast models show Jova could make landfall over Mexico by next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Irwin was beginning to make a U-turn and is expected to start moving toward land in the next couple of days. Irwin had maximum sustained winds of about 75 mph (120 kph) and is expected to remain a Category 1 storm for now.

In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Philippe continued to swirl far from land.