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Norbert becomes Hurricane in Pacific off Mexico

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(AP Photo/Felix Marquez). Cars sit on a street that collapsed after heavy rain in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez). Cars sit on a street that collapsed after heavy rain in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.
(AP Photo/Felix Marquez). A woman looks at the damage after part of a street and a home collapsed due to heavy rains in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez). A woman looks at the damage after part of a street and a home collapsed due to heavy rains in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014.
(AP Photo/Felix Marquez). Neighbors look at the damage after part of a street and a home collapsed due to heavy rains in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez). Neighbors look at the damage after part of a street and a home collapsed due to heavy rains in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014.
(AP Photo/Felix Marquez). Maria del Carmen Gonzalez watches after part of a street and her home collapsed due to heavy rains in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez). Maria del Carmen Gonzalez watches after part of a street and her home collapsed due to heavy rains in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014.
(AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND). This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at 02:00 AM EDT shows  most of the west underneath fair skies with areas of high pressure. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND). This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at 02:00 AM EDT shows most of the west underneath fair skies with areas of high pressure.

MIAMI (AP) - Norbert has become a hurricane in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Norbert reached hurricane strength on Wednesday, packing top sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). It is centered about 205 miles (335 kilometers) south of the Baja peninsula.

Forecasters say Norbert is headed northwest at 8 mph (13 kph) and expected to approach the southern tip of the peninsula Thursday and trek nearly parallel to the Pacific coast Friday.

Forecasters say a tropical storm warning is in effect from La Paz to Cabo San Lazaro, while a tropical storm watch is in effect north of Cabo San Lazaro to Puerto San Andresito and north of La Paz to San Evaristo.

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