Hurricane Hilary moving away from Mexico's coast

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Posted: Sep 23, 2011 11:17 AM
Hurricane Hilary moving away from Mexico's coast

Hurricane Hilary is moving away from Mexico's southwestern coast in the Pacific but is a powerful Category 4 storm.

Hilary's maximum sustained winds Friday are near 145 mph (230 kph).

The hurricane is not forecast to make landfall, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Mexico's coast has been being affected by wind, rain and heavy surf from Hilary.

The hurricane is centered about 135 miles (215 kilometers) south of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, and is moving west near 9 mph (15 kph).

All tropical storm watches and warnings that had been in place for Mexico's coast have been discontinued.

Meanwhile in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Ophelia has weakened with winds near 40 mph (65 kph). The storm could weaken do a depression later in the day or over the weekend.