Hurricane Hilary spins away from Mexican coast
Hurricane Hilary spun into the open Pacific Ocean on Saturday and continued its march away from the Mexican coastline, the US-based National Hurricane Center said.
Packing winds of 140 miles (220 kilometers) per hour, Hilary was a Category Four storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale.
At 1500 GMT Hilary was centered 210 miles (335 kilometers) south-east of Manzanillo, Mexico, and moving towards the west at a speed of 12 miles per hour.
Hilary is expected to turn towards northwest and lose speed, but it is also "expected to remain a major hurricane during the next to days," the NHC warned.
Large swells generated by Hilary "are likely causing life-threatening surf and rip current conditions" are affecting parts of the Mexican coast, it said.
Despite its wind speed, Hilary remains a small storm: hurricane-force winds extend outward just 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.