MEXICO CITY May 28 Tropical Storm Barbara
strengthened in the Pacific Ocean and is expected to churn
slowly toward Mexico's southern coast, the U.S. National
Hurricane Center said on Tuesday.
The center reported that the tropical storm, previously a
depression, has maximum sustained winds of near 40 miles per
hour (64 km per hour) and was located about 145 miles (233 km)
from the port of Salina Cruz in the southern Oaxaca state.
Salina Cruz is home to Mexican state oil monopoly Pemex's
The center said Barbara has moved very little over the past
several hours, but is expected to pick up speed as it reaches
the coast sometime on Wednesday.
Between 3 and 10 inches (8 to 25 cm) of rain is forecast
over southern Oaxaca once Barbara makes landfall.
Mexico's national meteorological service said Tuesday that
the storm's bands could reach as far as an eight-state swath of
The service issued a storm warming from Boca de Pijijiapan
in Chiapas state to Lagunas de Chacahua in Oaxaca state.