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Hurricane Cristina forms off Mexico's coast, additional strengthening expected

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 9:31 AM -

A disturbance in the eastern Pacific strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristina on Tuesday. 

The storm continued to strengthen, becoming a Category 1 hurricane early Wednesday. 

The storm's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday were near 120 km/h.

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, additional strengthening is expected over the next couple of days. 

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There are currently no coastal watches or warnings in place, but "life-threatening surf" is possible.

"Swells generated by Cristina are affecting portions of the south-central and southwestern coast of Mexico," the NHC says. "These swells will likely continue into Wednesday and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions."

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