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Hurricane Daniel forms in Pacific

Hurricane Daniel becomes third hurricane of season

MIAMI | July 7, 2012

Hurricane Daniel materialized out in the eastern north Pacific Ocean Friday, becoming the region's third hurricane of the season, U.S. forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 8 p.m. PDT advisory that Daniel was centered about 745 miles southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California. The Category 1 storm was producing sustained winds of 75 mph 25 miles out from its center with higher gusts as it churned to the west at 12 mph, the hurricane center said. Tropical storm-force winds were extending out up to 115 miles from its eye.

Because it was so far out to sea, no coastal watches or warnings were necessary, the center said.

Daniel was expected to keep heading in the same general direction through Sunday. Forecasters said it could strengthen Saturday before beginning to weaken Sunday as it moves over colder water.

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