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Norbert hits hurricane strength off Mexico

Tropical Storm Norbert surged to hurricane strength late Wednesday (Sep 3) off Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said.

MEXICO CITY: Tropical Storm Norbert surged to hurricane strength late Wednesday (Sep 3) off Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said. At 3am GMT (11am, Singapore time), Norbert was churning 335 kilometres (205 miles) south of the southern tip of Baja California peninsula, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

Norbert packed maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour while moving northwest at 13 kilometres (eight miles) per hour. "The centre of Norbert is expected to approach the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula on Thursday and move nearly parallel to the Pacific coast of the peninsula on Friday," the NHC warned.

Last year, Mexico was simultaneously struck by a pair of hurricanes, Ingrid and Manuel, on both coasts, killing 157 people, destroying bridges and burying most of a mountain village in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero.