Paul becomes major hurricane in Pacific off Mexico

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Posted: Oct 15, 2012 4:14 PM
Source: Associated Press

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MIAMI - Forecasters say Paul has become a major Category 3 hurricane in the Pacific off Mexico and a hurricane warning has been issued for a swath of Baja California's western coastline.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Paul's maximum sustained winds have increased to 120 mph (195 kph) as of 5 p.m. EDT Monday. Paul is centered about 415 miles (670 kilometers) southwest of the tip of the Baja peninsula and moving north-northeast at 13 mph (20 kph).

The center says Tropical Storm Rafael could reach hurricane strength in the Atlantic Monday night or Tuesday.

Rafael's maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 kph). It's centered about 570 miles (915 kilometers) south of Bermuda, where a tropical storm warning is in effect. Rafael's moving north at 10 mph (17 kph).

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