The new hurricane Frank is gaining momentum in the eastern Pacific


MEXICO CITY — Newly formed Hurricane Frank quickly gained strength over the open eastern Pacific Ocean on Saturday, but was far from a threat to the mainland.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Frank reached hurricane strength on Friday night and reached maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph) on Saturday.

It was centered about 600 miles (970 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and was heading northwest at 12 mph (19 km/h).

The Hurricane Center said Frank may strengthen somewhat before weakening over colder waters.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Georgette was much further offshore, with maximum sustained winds of around 85 km/h. Forecasters said it is expected to weaken gradually over the next few days.

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