Sept. 13 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Max formed Wednesday afternoon near the southwest coast of Mexico and is expected to bring torrential rains to the country, the National Hurricane Center said.

In its 4 p.m. CDT advisory, the NHC said the center of Max was located 115 miles west-southwest of Acapulco. It was traveling east-northeast at 3 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

The government of Mexico issued a tropical storm warning for the coast from Zihuatanejo to Punta Maldonado.

The NHC said the center of the storm should make landfall in Mexico on Thursday. The agency does not predict the storm will increase in strength to become a hurricane.

Max is expected to produce rainfall accumulations between 5 inches and 10 inches with maximum totals up to 15 inches in the southern portion of Guerrero state and western Oaxaca state.

“These rainfall amounts may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the NHC said.

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