Raymond quickly strengthened overnight, becoming a major hurricane off the southern Pacific Coast of Mexico.
The powerful Category 3 storm was about 165 miles (266 kilometers) west-southwest of Acapulco on Monday. It had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, with higher gusts. The threshold for a major hurricane is 111 mph.
As of 8 a.m. ET, the storm was crawling north at 2 mph.
"Some additional strengthening is possible during the next day or so," forecasters said. "A storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding."
Raymond is forecast to dump heavy rain along the south-central coast of Mexico, bringing 2 to 4 inches of rain, and there may be areas in Michoacan and Guerrero states that receive as much as 8 inches.
The storm is forecast to slowly close in on the coast through Tuesday, although it's expected to take a sharp turn west before the eye of the storm reaches land, the National Hurricane Center said.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc