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Hurricane Amanda Gains Strength Unexpectedly, Rises to Category 3

NOVEMBER 7:  In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Super Typhoon Haiyan moves towards the Philippines November 7, 2013 in the Pacific Ocean. The storm is packing sustained winds of 140 mile per hour (225 kilometers per hour) as it heads towards the island country.  (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

NOVEMBER 7: In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Super Typhoon Haiyan moves towards the Philippines November 7, 2013 in the Pacific Ocean. The storm is packing sustained winds of 140 mile per hour (225 kilometers per hour) as it heads towards the island country. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)  (2013 NOAA)

Hurricane Amanda is on a roller coaster.

Showing that she is anything but predictable, Hurricane Amanda has unexpectedly regained some strength far off Mexico's Pacific coast, but is not a threat to land.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday had increased to near 125 mph, making it a Category 3 storm. But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says weakening is expected to resume and Amanda should become a tropical storm by late Wednesday.

The hurricane is centered about 620 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula and is moving north-northwest near 5 mph.

On Monday, Amanda had started the day as a powerful category 4 storm, and had dropped to category 2 by Monday night, with maximum sustained winds near 105 mph. That was down from its peak of 155 mph on Sunday, a reading that made Amanda the most powerful May hurricane for the eastern Pacific since the mid-1960s, when reliable records began to be kept.

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While Amanda was forecast to stay out to sea, Mexico's National Meteorological Service said rains associated with the storm could cause drenching rains in western and central Mexico.

Mexico's national civil protection authorities urged people living near the coast to keep an eye out for swelling rivers and potential mudslides in mountainous areas and to listen to broadcasts about the storm's location and possible effects.

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season officially started May 15. The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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