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Ida Becomes Hurricane as it Nears Cancun

Fishermen haul in their boat in the fishing village of Puerto Juarez, Mexico, on the outskirts of Cancun, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.
AP Photo/Israel Leal
Ida has strengthened to a hurricane over the Caribbean as it nears Cancun, Mexico.

Forecaster Todd Kimberlain with the the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Ida's winds have picked up to 75 mph (120 kph).

The storm is expected to pass between Mexico and Cuba on Sunday, with its center remaining offshore. Forecasters predict Ida will enter the Gulf of Mexico, eventually weaken again to tropical storm strength and possibly brush the U.S. Gulf Coast next week.