Hurricane Rachel churns in Pacific off Mexico

September 28, 2014
A man walks on the beach during a tropical storm in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico on September 17, 2014

Tropical Storm Rachel strengthened to hurricane force Saturday as it swirled off Mexico's Pacific coast, a region already buffeted by major storms this season.

The US National Hurricane Center said Rachel, a category one , is located about 460 miles (740 kilometers) southwest of the Baja California peninsula, with of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour.

Rachel is the 12th of the eastern north Pacific season, the Miami-based NHC said.

There were no coastal warnings in effect late Saturday, and it was too early to know if Rachel will make landfall, but Pacific coast residents were praying for calmer weather as they continue to rebuild from Hurricane Odile.

Odile, which hit two weeks ago, brought chaos to idyllic beaches in Los Cabos and nearby areas, knocking out power, destroying wooden homes in poorer neighborhoods and sparking a wave of looting in shops.

Last weekend, resident of the same area had a close call with Tropical Storm Polo, which skirted about 100 miles, (160 kilometers) off the coast of Baja California.

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