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Hurricane Andres strengthens to Category 4 over eastern Pacific

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    This image of Hurricane Andres was captured Sunday by the GOES-15 geostationary satellite. The tip of Baja California is at upper right.
    Big waves challenge surfers at Malibu, Calif., as a long-period, south swell moved into the Southern California Bight on Sunday. The National Weather Service said the swell, with a period of about 20 seconds, would translate to surf of 5 feet to 8 feet with local sets to 10 feet at favored south-facing beaches including Malibu.

MIAMI » Andres has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane far out to sea in the eastern Pacific, and is generating swells that are likely to cause dangerous surf and rip currents on parts of the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

The first named storm of the season had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph Sunday night. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami is forecasting that the storm will slowly weaken over the next 48 hours. Other than strong surf, the storm posed no threats to land.

Andres is centered about 800 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, and is moving west at 6 mph.

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