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Raymond becomes major hurricane as it stalls near Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Raymond strengthened to a Category 3 storm early Monday and threatened to hurl heavy rains onto a sodden region of Mexico’s Pacific Coast already devastated by last month’s Tropical Storm Manuel.

The US National Hurricane Center said the newly formed storm had nearly stalled offshore, with winds of about 120 miles per hour.

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Raymond was centered about 115 miles south of the beach resort of Zihuatanejo, and it was expected to move only a little closer to the coast by Tuesday before veering back out to sea on Wednesday.

Mexican authorities rushed to deploy emergency crews and said they were considering evacuations of low-lying areas.

Forecasters said that even if Raymond stays off shore, the storm could dump heavy rain and cause flash floods and mudslides along the south-central Mexican coast.

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