Lorenzo becomes hurricane off Mexico VERACRUZ, Mexico - Lorenzo strengthened into a hurricane off Mexico's Gulf Coast and was expected to make landfall early Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Officials issued a storm warning from Palma Sola to Cabo Rojo, canceled classes and set up shelters as steady rain drenched the coastline of Veracruz state. No evacuations were immediately planned, however. At 8 p.m. EDT Thursday, Lorenzo was centered about 75 miles east-southeast of Tuxpan in Veracruz and was moving westward at 6 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. It had top sustained winds near 75 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at3+shtml/204025.shtml?3day?large#contents The storm was forecast to hit land near Tuxpan in six to 12 hours, the center said. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070928/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/tropical_weather URRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 20 MILES...30 KM...FROM THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES...110 KM FROM THE CENTER. ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 993 MB...29.32 INCHES. STORM SURGE FLOODING OF OF 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS...ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES...CAN BE EXPECTED NEAR AND TO THE NORTH OF WHERE THE CENTER CROSSES THE COAST. LORENZO IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES OVER THE MEXICAN STATE OF VERACRUZ...WITH POSSIBLE ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 15 INCHES. REPEATING THE 700 PM CDT POSITION...20.4 N...96.2 W. MOVEMENT TOWARD...WEST NEAR 6 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...75 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...993 MB.