Hurricane Kenneth a Category 3 storm far off Mexican coast

AP News
Posted: Aug 21, 2017 7:07 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Kenneth grew rapidly into a monster Category 4 storm Monday, but then lost strength later in the day as it moved over the Pacific far from Mexico's coast. It posed no threat to land, but the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey continued to slog across the Caribbean Sea, threatening to drench parts of Central America.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Kenneth had weakened to a Category 3 hurricane at midafternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph). The storm was centered about 1,435 miles (2,310 kilometers) west of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. It was moving west-northwest at about 9 mph (15 kph) over the open sea.

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Meanwhile, the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey were moving along the northern coast of Honduras toward a collision with Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early Tuesday. Forecasters said it might later regain tropical storm force once it moved into the lower Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday.