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Hurricane Felicia Expected to Weaken in the Pacific

U.S. weather forecasters say Hurricane Felicia over the Pacific Ocean is a powerful Category Four hurricane, but is expected to weaken in the next days as it moves into colder waters.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm has winds near 220 kilometers per hour.

Hurricane Felicia, which is far from land, is southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula and is moving northwest at 17 kilometers per hour.

Forecasters are monitoring another storm in the area, Tropical Storm Enrique. The hurricane center says Enrique is also expected to weaken and could dissipate by the end of the week.

U.S. government forecasters also announced Thursday they are lowering their outlook for this year's Atlantic hurricane season after a quiet start. There have been no named storms so far in the Atlantic season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it now predicts a near-normal to below-normal season as the calming effects of El Nino continue to develop. The agency estimates there will be 11 named storms in Atlantic waters and three to six of them could become hurricanes.

Hurricane season runs from June through November.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.