Hilda becomes a hurricane far offshore in Pacific

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Posted: Aug 07, 2015 5:38 PM

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Hilda has strengthened into a hurricane in the Pacific far off the Hawaiian islands.

The storm's maximum sustained winds strengthened Friday afternoon to 80 mph (130 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is centered about 1,215 miles (1,950 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and is moving west at 15 mph (24 kph).

There is still no threat to land. A turn to the west-northwest was expected Friday night or Saturday.