Hurricane Marie grows stronger in Pacific

Mexico City : Hurricane Marie has grown in strength as it moves out into the Pacific, reaching Category 4 status and provoking dangerous waves along Mexico's western coast.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said today that Marie had sustained winds of 150 mph (240 kph) and was located 485 miles (785 kilometers) south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. The storm was moving west-northwest at 15 mph (24 kmh).

Hurricane-force winds extended up to 45 miles (75 kilometers) away from the storm's center, with tropical storm-force winds reaching out to 255 miles (405 kilometers).

Swells provoked by the storm affected the southwestern coast of Mexico and the southern part of the Baja California Peninsula and could cause dangerous surf and rip current conditions, the centre said.



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