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Rare, Late-Season Hurricane Strengthens to Major Pacific Storm

November 23, 2011

Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Kenneth, a rare late-season hurricane, strengthened to major storm status in the eastern Pacific with winds of 125 miles (205 kilometers) per hour, the National Hurricane Center said today.

Kenneth, churning at sea about 710 miles south-southwest of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, poses no threat to land, the center said in a web advisory before 1 a.m. Los Angeles time. The system, which may intensify more today after its winds grew from 105 mph yesterday, is a Category 3 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

The storm was traveling west at 12 mph, the Miami-based center said. Kenneth is the latest hurricane to form in the eastern Pacific since Hurricane Winnie developed on Dec. 4, 1983, according to AccuWeather Inc.

The northeast Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through Nov. 30.

In the Atlantic, the hurricane center was monitoring thunderstorms about 900 miles east of Bermuda that have a 50 percent chance of becoming a subtropical cyclone in the next two days. The system was moving northeast at 10 to 15 mph, according to the latest weather outlook.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June through November.

--With assistance from Lynn Doan in San Francisco. Editors: Randall Hackley, Alexander Kwiatkowski

To contact the reporters on this story: Yee Kai Pin in Singapore at; Alex Morales in London at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Alexander Kwiatkowski at; Reed Landberg at

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