Tropical storm Paula classified as hurricane

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 12, 2010 13:24

Honduras  — Honduran emergency officials urged coastal residents to evacuate low-lying areas, and Mexico issued a hurricane warning, as Paula strengthened into a powerful storm and battered the Caribbean coast with strong winds and rain Tuesday.

Paula formed Monday off the coast of Honduras and quickly intensified into a hurricane early Tuesday, said the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.It had winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and was centered about 230 miles (370 kilometers) south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.


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