GUATEMALA CITY Tropical storm Dora, the fourth named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, formed off the coast of Central America Monday threatening to dump heavy rains on the coffee and sugar growing region.
The storm, with winds of about 40 mph, could reach hurricane strength by Wednesday but is not forecast to make a direct hit on land, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Dora is located 400 miles south-east of the port of Salina Cruz in southern Mexico and is moving north up Mexico's Pacific coastline.
Heavy rains have already drenched Central America this year, putting the vulnerable countries at risk of floods and landslides that could also affect export crops.
(Editing by Sandra Maler)