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TropicalWeather 1stLd-Writethru 07-21 Web

Storms gain strength

Hurricane Fausto has increased to a category 2 storm in the Pacific while Tropical Storm Dolly moves over Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and heads for the Gulf of Mexico.

Though Hurricane Fausto has increased in strength, the National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm has probably reached its peak intensity and is expected to weaken during the next 24 hours. Fausto’s maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph and the storm’s center is 405 miles west-southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Dolly is expected to strengthen as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico and could become a hurricane on Tuesday. Its winds are near 50 mph.

Also in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Cristobal continues to move northeast, away from the U.S. coast.

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