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Fernanda Becomes a Hurricane, Continues Path Toward the Central Pacific

The National Hurricane Center has upgraded former Tropical Storm Fernanda to Category 1 hurricane status.

Hurricane Fernanda has continued to rapidly intensifying over the past several days, including an increase in maximum sustained winds to near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts.

NHC is forecasting additional rapid strengthening with the likelihood of Fernanda becoming a major hurricane by Friday.

Fernanda was centered over the open waters of the eastern North Pacific Ocean about 900 miles (1450 km) south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, as of NHC’s late morning, Hawai`i time, report.

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