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Hurricane Cristina strengthens to Category 3 off south-west coast of Mexico: US

Published on Jun 12, 2014 5:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Hurricane Cristina has quickly strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane off the south-west coast of Mexico, the United States National Hurricane Centre said on Thursday.

Cristina is now packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kmh as it moves west-north-west at a speed of 13 kmh, the Miami-based centre said.

It is classified as Category 3 on a scale of one to five - five being the highest - based on wind speed.

Category 3 and above are considered major hurricanes due to their potential for significant loss of life and damage, the centre says.

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