Forecasters: Raymond gains hurricane status far off Mexico's coastline in the Pacific Ocean


This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at 02:00 p.m. EDT shows fair weather across the majority of the western United States. Farther south Tropical Storm Raymond can be see south of Baja California tracking westward. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)


MIAMI — The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Raymond has become a hurricane far off Mexico’s Pacific coast and poses no threat to land at this time.

The Miami-based center says Raymond has top sustained winds of 75 mph and is centered about 735 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

The hurricane is moving toward the west-northwest at 10 mph. No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

The hurricane center says some additional strengthening is forecast today and gradual weakening of the storm is expected to begin by Monday.