Hurricane Amanda reaches record strength for May storm

by Reuters
Sunday, 25 May 2014 16:15 GMT

MEXICO CITY, May 25 (Reuters) - Hurricane Amanda gained more force on Sunday, reaching record strength for a May storm, as it moved away from the western Pacific coast of Mexico.

Amanda, the first named storm of the Pacific season, formed Saturday, quickly reached category four strength overnight and was nearly a category five storm by Sunday morning.

It was located about 770 miles (1,240 km) south from the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (250 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The Miami-based center said Amanda was the strongest May hurricane recorded by satellites in the eastern Pacific basin. The storm was projected to begin to weaken on Sunday night as it turns northward and heads farther out to sea.

There were no coastal watches in effect and Mexico has no significant oil installations on its Pacific coast. (Reporting by Michael O'Boyle; Editing by Alison Williams)

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