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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hurricane Hilary blamed for 3 deaths in Mexico - 24th Sept 2011

Hurricane Hilary moved away from Mexico's southwestern coast in the Pacific as a powerful Category 4 storm Friday, and search teams recovered the bodies of three fishermen caught in the storm.

The hurricane was not forecast to make landfall, but Mexico's coast has been being affected by wind, rain and heavy surf from Hilary, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The three fishermen, ages 27 to 50, went out to sea Thursday night despite a hurricane warning advising against it, Guerrero state's Public Safety Department said.

Navy rescue crews found the bodies Friday in the waters off the town of Marquelia. They had tied themselves to empty gasoline containers, the department said.

Hilary's maximum sustained winds late Friday were near 145 mph (230 kph). The hurricane was centered about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and was moving west at near 9 mph (15 kph).

All tropical storm watches and warnings that had been in place for Mexico's coast were discontinued as forecasters predicted the storm would keep moving away from Mexico.

In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Ophelia had winds near 50 mph (85 kph) and was not a threat to land. Source