Tropical Storm Harvey strengthens, nears Honduras

MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Harvey has gained strength in the Atlantic Ocean and is threatening to bring high winds and several inches of rain to parts of Central America.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Bay Islands of Honduras, the coast of Belize and parts of the southeastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Watches are in effect for coastal Honduras and Guatemala.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday evening that Harvey's maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (80 kph). The storm was centered about 130 miles (209 kilometers) east of Isla Roatan, Honduras. It was moving west at 9 mph (14 kph).

Meanwhile, far out in the Pacific, Greg has weakened to a tropical storm and is expected to dissipate in the coming days.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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