Irwin upgraded to a hurricane in the Pacific Ocean

MIAMI, Fla. - Forecasters say Irwin has been upgraded to a hurricane in the Pacific Ocean, becoming the eighth hurricane of the Eastern Pacific season.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says early Friday that Irwin had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph) and was centered about 910 miles (1,460 km) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

It is moving west-northwest at 10 mph (17km). There are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect from the storm. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Jova was also swirling in the Pacific. In the Atlantic, Hurricane Philippe was far off the U.S. coast and was not expected to threaten land.

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