Hurricane Paul Threatens Southern Baja

The Associated Press
Monday, October 23, 2006; 11:14 AM

MEXICO CITY -- Hurricane Paul was gaining force Monday as it began curving toward the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.

Paul had maximum sustained winds of 110 mph and was moving northwest at about 5 mph. Forecasters predicted it would strengthen further and could hit Mexico's Pacific coast in the next few days, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

A hurricane watch was issued for the tip of Baja California, a resort area that has been battered by two other hurricanes this season

.The storm was on a course that would bring it just south of the peninsula late Tuesday before plowing into Mexico's Pacific coast near the resort of Mazatlan.

The hurricane center said the storm could soon reach Category 3 status, which means maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

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