Tropical Storm's center approaching Clarion Island

AP News
Posted: Aug 14, 2012 5:26 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Hector's center is approaching Clarion Island in the Pacific, far from Mexico's coast.

Hector's maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph (75 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to weaken and could become a tropical depression by Wednesday night.

Hector is centered about 435 miles (700 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula and is moving west near 6 mph (9 kph).