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Hurricane Cristina, off Mexico's Pacific coast, strengthens to Category 4: Forecasters

Published on Jun 12, 2014 10:47 PM
 
This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite photo taken by GOES-13 at 1445Z on June 11, 2014 shows Hurricane Cristina. Hurricane Cristina strengthened on Thursday, June 12, 2014, into a powerful Category 4 storm, but remained well off Mexico's Pacific coast, United States forecasters said. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Hurricane Cristina strengthened on Thursday into a powerful Category 4 storm, but remained well off Mexico's Pacific coast, United States forecasters said.

At 12.30pm GMT, Cristina had maximum sustained winds of nearly 230 kmh and was centered 402km south-west of Manzanillo, Mexico, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

The storm was moving towards the north-west at around 12.8 kmh, according to the Miami-based NHC.

Classification of a hurricane's strength is based on the one-to-five Saffir-Simpson scale, with five denoting the most intense winds.

 
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