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One hurricane weakens and another gains strength in Eastern Pacific

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:12 p.m. HST, Jun 25, 2010


Hurricane Celia, which is still more than 2,500 miles away from Hawaii, has lost a little bit of its strength as it moves into cooler waters.

The storm was a Category 5 hurricane, but was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane this afternoon and is expected to continue to weaken over the next few days.

Celia is located about 825 miles southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. Its maximum sustained winds are now 120 mph, the National Weather Service reported and the storm is moving west.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Darby formed in the Pacific off Mexico's southwest coast yesterday. It has strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph sustained winds, was located about 245 miles south of Acapulco today, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Neither storm posed an immediate threat to land

Darby was expected to strengthen over the next two days as it heads west-northwest and then weaken.

The hurricane center projected the storm could take a sudden eastward turn early next week, putting it on a path toward Mexico's southern Pacific coast.

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