Tropical storm Miriam now a Category 2 hurricane

Tropical storm Miriam rapidly became hurricane Miriam in the Pacific. Miriam is getting stronger but is not on track to hit the US or Mexico.

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In this NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at 1:00 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Miriam off the southwestern coast of Mexico. Miriam has maximum winds of 90 mph and is expected to move towards the northwest in the next 24 hours.

Forecasters say Miriam has rapidly strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane well off Mexico's Baja California peninsula, but poses no threat to land.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Miriam is packing top sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph) and could become a major hurricane sometime later Monday. The hurricane formed a day earlier in the eastern Pacific and at 5 a.m. EDT was centered about 415 miles (665 kms) south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

The center says Miriam was moving northwest near 13 mph (20 kph). No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

In the open Atlantic, Tropical Storm Nadine weakened somewhat early Monday while meandering far from land. It had sustained winds of about 50 mph (85 kph).

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