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Hurricane Gil forms in the eastern Pacific

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    Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 5:16 PM -

    Gil has been upgraded from a tropical storm and is now officially a hurricane.

    The storm remains offshore and is expected to strengthen before weakening in 36 to 48 hours.

    Gil is currently 1505 km southwest off the southern tip of Baja California, with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph.

    No coastal watches or warnings have been issued.

    Meanwhile, Flossie was downgraded to a post-tropical storm Monday. The National Weather Service cancelled all storm warnings for Hawaii on Monday evening.

    The service later issued a flash flood warning for Maui, where live television footage showed thunder and lightning, fast-moving clouds and plenty of rain and wind.

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