Hurricane Hilary has strengthened into a strong storm threatening Mexico’s Pacific coast. The National Hurricane Center warned on Thursday evening that Hilary had sustained winds of about 185 kilometers per hour—meaning it is now a “Category 4″ storm on the five-point scale of hurricane intensity.
Forecasters indicated that the imminent storm could grow even stronger in the coming hours. Strong winds were beaten coastal areas of Mexico and forecasters say the storm is spreading westward along the coast during the day and a half-side.
The U. S. National Hurricane Center says a tropical storm warning is in effect for the Mexican coast from Lagunas de Chacahua to Punta San Telmo. A clock tropical storm is in effect for the west of Punta San Telmo to Manzanillo.
Hilary is about 85 miles (137 kilometers) southwest of Acapulco, Mexico, and centered to the west-northwest.