Kenneth becomes Category 2 hurricane in eastern Pacific

MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say rare late-season Hurricane Kenneth has strengthened even more into a Category 2 storm the eastern Pacific, although there is no current threat to land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday that Kenneth had maximum sustained winds near 105 mph (165 kph). The storm was centered about 695 miles (1,120 kilometers) south of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, but was moving away from the coast. It could become a major hurricane in the next day or so.

It is moving west-northwest at 13 mph (20 kph) Projections show Kenneth moving west out to sea, away from land.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. The eastern Pacific hurricane season ends Nov. 30.

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