Hurricane Celia strengthens in Pacific off Mexico

Hurricane Celia, the first hurricane of the 2010 Pacific season, formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean near Mexico on Sunday but was headed away from land, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

A Category 1 hurricane with winds up to 80 mph, Celia was 370 miles south of the tourist resort of Acapulco and was moving toward the west, away from Mexico, at 7 mph.

“Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours,” the center said.

Mexico’s key oil export facilities are in the Gulf of Mexico, well away from Celia’s path.

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