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Marie Strengthens to Category 4 Hurricane in Pacific, NHC Says

Hurricane Marie
Tropical storm force wind speed probabilities for the five days from Sunday, Aug. 24 to Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Source: NOAA via Bloomberg

Hurricane Marie, currently around 420 miles (675 km) off the Mexico coast, has strengthened and is now a category four weather system on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, the National Hurricane Center said.

Marie has maximum sustained winds of 135 miles per hour and is moving west-northwest at a rate of 15mph, the NHC said in its latest advisory today. The weather system is some 470 miles from the southern tip of Baja, California, it said.

Hurricane force winds extend out 45 miles from the center of Marie, while additional strengthening of gusts is possible over the next day, the NHC said.

Sea swells are affecting the southwestern coast of Mexico and are “likely to cause extremely dangerous life threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the NHC said as of 02:00 Pacific Daylight Time.

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