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MEXICO CITY, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Jova strengthened to a major hurricane on Monday and forecasters warned it was likely to pick up speed as it neared Mexico’s Pacific coast.              

With top winds reaching 120 miles per hour (195 kph), Jova now is a Category 3 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity. It is expected to make landfall near the resort town of Melaque, on a stretch of coast dotted with fine beaches, late on Tuesday.              

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