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Category 3 Hurricane Orlene Heads for Mexico's Pacific Coast

Tropical Storm Orlene on Oct. 1.

Tropical Storm Orlene on Oct. 1.

Source: NOAA

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Mexico City (AP) -- Hurricane Orlene lost some punch, but remained a dangerous Category 3 storm on Sunday as it headed toward Mexico's northwest Pacific coast between the tourist towns of Mazatlan and San Blas.

After growing into a hurricane Saturday, Orlene quickly added power, peaking as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph) early Sunday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. But winds slipped back to 115 mph (185 kph) by late Sunday.