June 24, 2010 / 1:23 PM / 10 years ago

Hurricane Darby forms in Pacific off Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Darby formed in the eastern Pacific near Mexico on Thursday and was expected to strengthen before turning toward land early next week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

Darby was 235 miles south-southwest of the Mexican beach town of Puerto Escondido and was moving west-northwest at 9 mph. Forecasters expect the storm to swing toward the northeast early next week.

The Category 1 hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

Pacific hurricanes can damage tourist resorts along Mexico’s coast but pose no threat to the country’s oil industry, which is primarily located in the Gulf of Mexico.

Farther out in the Pacific, Celia regained strength to become a major Category 3 hurricane but was not a threat to land.

Celia, the first hurricane of the Pacific season, was 765 miles south of the tip of Baja California and had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. Celia was forecast to continue moving west-northwest away from land and gradually weaken on Friday.

Reporting by Caroline Stauffer and Noel Randewich; Editing by Bill Trott

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