Late-Season Hurricane Strengthens to Major Pacific Storm
Kenneth, a rare late-season
hurricane, strengthened to major storm status in the eastern
Pacific with winds of 125 miles (205 kilometers) per hour, the
National Hurricane Center said today.
Kenneth, churning at sea about 710 miles south-southwest of
Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, poses no threat to land, the
center said in a web advisory before 1 a.m. Los Angeles time.
The system, which may intensify more today after its winds grew
from 105 mph yesterday, is a Category 3 storm on the five-step
The storm was traveling west at 12 mph, the Miami-based
center said. Kenneth is the latest hurricane to form in the
eastern Pacific since Hurricane Winnie developed on Dec. 4,
1983, according to AccuWeather Inc.
The northeast Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15
through Nov. 30.
In the Atlantic, the hurricane center was monitoring
thunderstorms about 900 miles east of Bermuda that have a 50
percent chance of becoming a subtropical cyclone in the next two
days. The system was moving northeast at 10 to 15 mph, according
to the latest weather outlook.
The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June through
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