Hurricane Hilary kills 3 in SW Mexico

Hurricane Hilary (courtesy NOAA)

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

The hurricane was not forecast to make landfall, but forecasters say Mexico’s Pacific coast has been affected by wind, rain and heavy surf from Hilary.

The three fishermen went out to sea Thursday despite a hurricane warning according to Guerrero state officials and navy rescue crews found the bodies Friday in the waters off the town of Marquelia.

Hilary’s maximum sustained winds late Friday were near 230 kph and the hurricane was centered about 260 kilometres south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and was moving west at near 15 kph.

(With files from The Associated Press)

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