MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Linda strengthened to a Category 2 storm off the northwest Mexican coast on Monday, packing winds of up to 105km per hour, forecasters said.
Linda was located 590km to the south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula at 2100 GMT, the US National Hurricane Centre said.
The hurricane had weakened slightly from earlier in the day, when winds had topped out at 155km per hour.
It had also slowed its movement toward the coast from 22 to 19km per hour, according to the Miami-based NHC.
But authorities warned that sea swells from the storm are beginning to affect the coast and will spread in the next couple days, causing "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions."
They also said the hurricane – upgraded from a tropical storm Sunday – could cause very heavy downpours in the states of Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco and urged the local population to exercise caution.— AFP