Hurricane Jova strengthens off Mexico's west coast

October 10, 2011 03:53

MEXICO CITY - Hurricane Jova, a Category 1 storm in the Pacific, strengthened on Sunday and a hurricane watch was in effect for part of Mexico's west coast.

The storm, with top winds reaching 90 miles per hour (150 kph), was about 280 miles (455 km) southwest of the port city of Manzanillo, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

Mexico's government issued a hurricane watch for the southwest coast from Punta San Telmo on the Baja California peninsula to Cabo Corrientes in Jalisco state.

Hurricane-force winds were possible within the watch area by Tuesday afternoon, the center said.

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