(Updates with Category 4 potential in first paragraph.)
Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Hurricane Jova may strengthen into a Category 4 storm today as it moves east over the Pacific Ocean toward Mexico, packing winds of as much as 120 miles (193 kilometers) per hour.
The hurricane was about 255 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, at 5 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and moving east at 6 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. A Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale is capable of causing “catastrophic damage,” according to the NHC.
“Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or so and Jova could become a Category 4 hurricane later today,” the NHC said, adding that “fluctuations in intensity are possible until landfall.” The center of the hurricane will approach Mexico’s coast by tomorrow afternoon, it said.
The Mexican government issued a hurricane warning for Punta San Telmo north to Cabo Corrientes, and a tropical-storm warning from Lazaro Cardenas to south of Punta San Telmo, the advisory showed.
A storm surge may cause “life-threatening” floods in coastal areas and surfs could swell to dangerous levels, according to the advisory. As much as 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain is possible in some places, the NHC said.
Irwin, a tropical storm in the Eastern Pacific, is 790 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California with winds of 50 mph, down from hurricane strength earlier.
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