Storm Karina strengthens into hurricane southwest of Mexico

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

Hurricane Karina was churning around 650 miles (1,000 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, said the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre.

The storm packed maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, strong enough to class it as category one on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, with additional strengthening expected in the coming days.

However, Hurricane 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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