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Kenneth becomes late, but strong, Category 4 hurricane in Pacific

November 22, 2011 |  9:04 am

   

Hurricane Kenneth has strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane, making it the strongest late-season storm on record in the eastern north Pacific Ocean, the National Hurricane Center announced Tuesday morning.

 

The storm is packing maximum winds of 145 mph and is located about 750 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico. But it was moving west, away from the coast, at about 13 mph.

It represents no danger to land, the center noted in its advisory.

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 40 miles outward from the storm center and tropical-storm winds reach as far as 150 miles away.

The storm is expected to remain constant for the next 12 hours but is forecast to weaken sometime Wednesday.

The eastern Pacific hurricane season ends Nov. 30.

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