Olaf strengthens to major hurricane

2015-10-19 23:03
A real-time National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite image shows the southern Pacific coastal area of Mexico. (AFP)

A real-time National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite image shows the southern Pacific coastal area of Mexico. (AFP)

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Miami - Hurricane Olaf strengthened into a major hurricane on Monday as it churned far offshore in the central eastern Pacific, US forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Olaf had maximum sustained winds of 185km/h, bumping it up to major hurricane status.

At 15:00 GMT, the Category 3 storm was located around 2 164km east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, moving west at 22km/h, the Miami-based NHC said.

It was expected to strengthen further Monday night and fluctuate in intensity in Tuesday, as it takes a west-northwestern turn.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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