Celia becomes season's first hurricane

MIAMI (AP) - Celia was upgraded to hurricane status Sunday as it howled toward open seas, away from Mexico's Pacific coast.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was expected to gradually strengthen and it already had maximum
sustained winds of about 75 mph (120 kph) with higher gusts.

The storm is listed as a Category 1 hurricane

Celia was centered about 365 miles (590 kilometers) south of Acapulco Sunday afternoon, the hurricane center said, and it was moving westward at about 7 mph (11 kph).

That course would take toward the open Pacific and forecasters said it posed no immediate threat to land.

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