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Irwin grows into Pacific hurricane, far from land

07 october 2011, 18:54
Irwin grew into the eighth hurricane of the eastern Pacific season early on Friday but was several hundred miles (kilometers) from land and posed to danger, AFP reports, citing US meteorologists.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said the category one storm was 910 miles (1,460 kilometers) off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles (130 kilometers) per hour.

In its 0900 GMT advisory, the NHC said the hurricane would strengthen in the coming days but that no coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

On Thursday Philippe became the fifth hurricane of the Atlantic season but was also too far away to have any impact on coastal areas.

At 0900 GMT Friday Philippe -- packing maximum sustained winds of 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour -- was located about 535 miles (865 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, the NHC said.

The center expected "some gradual weakening" to begin today.

Philippe is the 16th named storm of the 2011 Atlantic season, which has seen four other hurricanes so far, including Irene, a massive system that unleashed deadly floods and storm surges in the eastern United States.

The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30, according to the NHC.

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