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Dora gaining strength, but away from coast

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Hurricane Dora nearing Category 5 strength
  • It is pulling away from Mexican coast

(CNN) -- Hurricane Dora was nearing Category 5 strength Thursday in the Pacific Ocean, but remained far enough off the Mexican coast that it didn't pose a threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said.

Dora was churning in the Pacific Ocean on a path that was moving it parallel to the southwestern Mexican coast, the center said.

The hurricane was about 240 miles off the coast of Cabo Corrientes Thursday morning, the center said. It was moving at 12 mph in a northwest direction, which placed it on a path pulling further away from the coast.

Tropical storm watches for a part of the Mexican coast were discontinued, the center said.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph.