Karina strengthens into hurricane of Mexico

2014-08-15 11:44

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Miami - A storm far off the west coast of Mexico has strengthened into the sixth hurricane of the Pacific season, US forecasters warned on Thursday.

Hurricane Karina was churning around 1 000km southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, said the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre in a bulletin at 21:00.

The storm packed maximum sustained winds of 12km/h, strong enough to class it as category one on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, with additional strengthening expected in the coming days.

However, Karina was moving slowly westward, away from Mexico and was expected to continue on this path for the next several days, the forecasters said, noting that there were no coastal warnings or watches in effect and the hurricane was unlikely to create hazards on land.

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