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Oct112011

Category 3 Hurricane Jova Headed for Southwest Mexico

NOAA/National Weather Service/ National Hurricane Center(MIAMI) -- Mexicans are bracing for Hurricane Jova on Tuesday as the category three storm inches closer to the Southwestern part of the country.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicts Jova will make landfall near the tourist hotspot of Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding areas by Tuesday evening.  As of early Tuesday morning, the storm was about 150 miles southwest of Manzanillo and moving north-northeast at about 6 mph.

Jova has maximum sustained winds of around 115 mph but it could fluctuate in strength as it makes its way towards the Mexican coastline.  The National Hurricane Center says the storm "is expected to reach the coast of Mexico near major hurricane strength."

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