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Hurricane Celia spins further away from Mexico
MEXICO CITY |
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Celia, the first hurricane of the 2010 Pacific season, continued on a westward path away from Mexico but grew in strength on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The storm in the eastern Pacific Ocean was upgraded to a category 2 hurricane on Monday evening with sustained winds up to 105 mph, Celia was about 505 miles south of the port city of Manzanillo and moving westward away from land at 8 mph.
Some strengthening was expected in the next 36 hours and Celia "could become a major hurricane possibly by Tuesday," weather forecasters said in a statement.
Celia does not currently posing a threat to land, said the center, and there are no oil installations in its likely course.
Celia is already the third named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season and the center was forecasting on Monday that a broad area of low pressure a few hundred miles south of Guatemala and El Salvador had a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within 48 hours.
In May, Tropical Storm Agatha slammed into the Guatemalan coast and caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 180 people.
A storm system north of Venezuela is moving westward, deeper into the Caribbean that will deliver heavy rain to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, the storm center said.
The U.S. government's weather agency has predicted the 2010 Atlantic storm season could be the most intense since 2005, when Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,000 people and disrupted oil production by crashing through Gulf of Mexico energy facilities.
(Reporting by Sean Mattson; editing by Todd Eastham)
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