Hurricane Hilary is “likely to become a major hurricane” by Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Monday. The storm strengthened from a tropical storm early Monday over the Pacific Ocean and been churning south of Mexico. The storm, however, is on a path moving northwest — staying away from immediate landfall. Its center was around

latitude 14 North, 103 West at 4 a.m. central on Monday, according to the NHC public advisory. The alert also said that the storm “is moving toward the west-northwest near 8 mph,” but expected to pick up speed over the next 48 hours.  The storm has maximum sustained winds near 75 miles per hour, with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles.  READ MORE