Hurricane Darby threatens S Mexican state Guerrero

11:01, June 26, 2010      

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Residents in Mexico's Pacific coastal state of Guerrero were warned on Friday to prepare for the invasion of Hurricane Darby.

The Mexico National Meteorology Service issued the warning after the tropical storm had picked up speed to become a Category Two hurricane some 400 km off the coast.

Heavy rainfalls, violent tides and strong winds are expected to accompany the arrival of Hurricane Darby.

The wind speed has increased to 165 km per hour (kph) and Hurricane Darby is moving northwestward, according to the state weather agency.

The Pacific Ocean this season has seen especially active hurricane formation and activities, with the earlier-than-usual Hurricane Agatha already claiming 156 lives in Guatemala and causing severe property damages in El Salvador and Honduras.

Storms with a wind velocity of between 56 km and 102 km per hour are rated as tropical storms while Category One and Category Two hurricanes are those with wind speeds of up to 104 kph and 135 kph.

Wind speeds of over 159 kph, 190 kph and 220 kph are declared Category Three, Four and Five major hurricanes, respectively.

Source: Xinhua


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