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MIAMI (AP) - The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Manuel has become a hurricane with its northern eyewall now nearing the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

Forecasters say the deadly storm has strengthened and it has top sustained winds of 75 mph (115 kph). Manuel is centered about 20 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of the western Mexican community of Altata.

The center also says Manuel is moving north at 5 mph (7 kph) and a hurricane warning is in effect from La Cruz to Topolobampo in Mexico. Some strengthening is possible as it nears the coast.