Hurricane forms in Atlantic

4:36 AM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
National Hurricane Center and Weather Service building, Miami, Florida
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MIAMI -- Forecasters say Hurricane Rafael has formed in the Atlantic Ocean south of Bermuda

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said in a 6:45 p.m. EDT update Monday that Rafael's top sustained winds had risen to near 75 mph (120 kph), making it the ninth hurricane of the Atlantic season.

Rafael is centered about 560 miles (905 kilometers) south of Bermuda. It is moving north at 10 mph (17 kph) and forecast to pass near or to the east of Bermuda by late Tuesday.

Meanwhile, hurricane Paul has weakened to a Category 2 storm in the eastern Pacific but is still swirling near Mexico's western coast.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Monday that Paul's maximum sustained winds had decreased to 110 mph (175 kph) and that the storm was centered about 310 miles (500 kms) southwest of the Baja California peninsula's southern tip.

The Mexican government extended its hurricane warning for the west coast northward to Punta Abreojos. The hurricane center said the center of Paul should move inland along the coast by Tuesday night.

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