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Hurricane Guillermo forms in Pacific Ocean, possibly headed for Hawaii

Hurricane Guillermo, a Category 1 storm with maximum winds near 135 km/h, has formed in the Pacific Ocean and could be headed for Hawaii, although it is too soon to say if it is a danger to land, a forecaster says.

Storm is forecast to gain strength during next day or two

A surfer walks out of the Pacific Ocean on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, in a December 2014 photo. A forecaster says Hurricane Guillermo is headed in the general direction of Hawaii, but it is too early if it will pose a threat to land. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Hurricane Guillermo is swirling in the Pacific and could be headed toward Hawaii.

The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds early Friday near 150 km/h with additional strengthening forecast during the next two days. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say Guillermo could become a major hurricane this weekend.

Earlier Friday, Richard Pasch, a senior hurricane specialist, said Guillermo is headed in Hawaii's general direction but it's too early to tell if there will be any danger to land.

The hurricane is centred about 2,525 kilometres east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and is moving west-northwest at 28 km/h.

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