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Philippe Becomes Atlantic Hurricane; New Storm Grows in Pacific

October 06, 2011

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Hurricane Philippe formed in the Atlantic southeast of Bermuda while Tropical Storm Irwin developed in the Pacific off the southwestern coast of Mexico, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Philippe’s top winds reached 80 miles (129 kilometers) per hour 425 miles southeast of the islands on a course to the north-northeast that will keep it away from land, the hurricane center said.

“After 49 previous advisories, over 12 days, Philippe has finally become a hurricane,” the center said in a forecast analysis. “This peak will likely be short-lived.”

Philippe is the 16th named storm of the June-to-November Atlantic season and the fifth to grow to hurricane strength with winds of at least 74 mph. An average Atlantic season produces 11 storms, according to the center.

Tropical Storm Irwin, the ninth named storm of the eastern Pacific season, is located 855 miles south-southwest of the tip of Baja California and is forecast to move in a circular pattern without threatening land through the next five days.

Irwin’s top winds are 40 mph, just above the 39-mph threshold a storm needs to receive a name from the Miami-based hurricane center.

Following Irwin is Tropical Depression 10, 540 miles south- southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, with winds of 35 mph. The depression is expected to become Tropical Storm Jova today, the hurricane center said.

According to the center’s forecast track, Jova may grow into a hurricane next week and strike Mexico’s Pacific coast near Puerto Vallarta.

--Editors: Charlotte Porter, Richard Stubbe

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