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Ships Warned To Steer Clear Of Pacific Hurricane

June 17, 1989

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Hurricane Barbara spun to life off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday with sustained winds of 74 mph, prompting forecasters to warn ships to steer clear.

The hurricane was moving northwest at 5 mph on a path that would miss land, said forecaster Martin Nelson with the National Weather Service in Coral Gables, Fla.

″It’s just barely a hurricane,″ said Nelson. ″Generally these kinds of hurricanes just work their way into the Pacific shipping lanes then die at sea.″

The storm was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane at 7:30 a.m. when the winds hit a sustained 74 mph with gusts of as much as 90 mph.

By 10:30 a.m. PDT, Hurricane Barbara was located at 15.0 north latitude, 108.0 west longitude, or about 550 miles south-southeast of the tip of the Mexican peninsula of Baja California.

The hurricane was forecast grow stronger through Monday, then start to lose strength, said Nelson.

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