Mexico on alert as Hurricane Marie threatens coast

August 23, 2014 10:48 PM

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MEXICO CITY: Six Mexican states were on high alert on Saturday (Aug 23) for Hurricane Marie, warning that torrential rain could trigger mudslides and cause rivers to break their banks.

Marie, the eighth hurricane of the eastern Pacific season, was packing maximum sustained winds of 85 miles (140 kilometres) per hour and gaining strength, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC), which cautioned it will likely become a major hurricane by Sunday.

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