Hurricane Darby forms of Mexico's coast as Hurricane Celia strengthens

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Pastor Dale Morgan

Jun 25, 2010, 12:24:18 AM6/25/10
Perilous Times and Climate Change

Hurricane Darby forms of Mexico's coast as Hurricane Celia strengthens

    * From correspondents in Mexico City
    * From: AP
    * June 25, 2010 1:18PM

HURRICANE Darby has formed in the Pacific off Mexico's southwest coast, while Hurricane Celia has strengthened into a powerful Category 5 storm farther out at sea.

Darby, a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph (150 km/h), was located about 410km south of Acapulco on Thursday night, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

It was expected to strengthen over the next two days as it heads west-northwest, well away from land.

The hurricane center projected the storm could take a sudden eastward turn early next week, putting it on a path toward Mexico's southern Pacific coast.

That prediction is tentative and depends on a tropical wave of pressure forming in the western Caribbean, said John Cangialosi, a hurricane specialist at the center. Otherwise, Darby could continue on its northwestern path out to sea.

"It's a low-confidence forecast at this point," Mr Cangialosi said. "It's not going to have great impact on land over next few days so there is certainly time to watch it."

Meanwhile, Celia became a Category 5 hurricane - the strongest designation on the Saffir-Simpson scale, used to measure wind speed - as it headed west across the open Pacific. Its maximum sustained winds increased to 260km/h.

It was located about 1260km south-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
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