MEXICO CITY: Tropical Storm Priscilla formed far off land in the eastern Pacific Monday as fellow weather system Octave took aim at Mexico, US forecasters said.
Packing winds of up to 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour, Priscilla was situated some 705 miles (1,135 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.
Although some strengthening was expected over the next day or two, no coastal warnings or watches were in effect, the US National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.
Meanwhile, another large weather system, Tropical Storm Octave, with winds of up to 65 miles (100 kilometers) per hour, was expected to approach the west coast of Baja California late Monday and Tuesday.
But while maintaining its strength for now, Octave was forecast to lose steam and expected to become a tropical depression by Tuesday.
Early Monday, it was located about 245 miles (390 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo San Lazaro, according to the Miami-based NHC.
The storm was expected to dump three to six inches(7.6 to 15.2 centimeters) of rain over much of the southern Baja California peninsula, with isolated totals of eight inches possible.
Octave was headed toward Mexico just three weeks after hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid whipped the country from coast to coast, causing severe damage in several states.
At least 157 people were killed in historic downpours, including 101 in Guerrero state alone. Dozens were left missing in the mountainous village of La Pintada after a landslide buried a third of the community.
September's torrential rains left 1.7 million people homeless.