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Hurricane Hernan forms in Pacific off Mexican coast as it heads out to sea far from mainland

Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 5:39 PM -

The storm Hernan strengthened into a category 1 hurricane far off Mexico's western coast Sunday as it headed out into the Pacific Ocean and posed little threat to land. 

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Hernan was about 535 km south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula at midafternoon and was moving to the northwest at 24 kph. It had maximum sustained winds of 120 kph, just over the threshold for being a hurricane. 

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Forecasters said the storm centre was expected to pass on Sunday to the southwest of Socorro Island, a part of a volcanic archipelago that is home to a Mexican naval station. 

The hurricane centre said Hernan likely would begin weakening by Monday and dissipate by Thursday.

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With files from The Associated Press

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