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Hurricane Hilary spins away from Mexican coast
MIAMI, Sept 24 (AFP) Sep 24, 2011
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.

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