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Felix becomes category 1 hurricane

Hurricane Felix gathered strength

Saturday as it pounded Grenada with heavy rains and winds, snapped

small boats loose from their moorings and toppled utility poles on

its route toward the Caribbean island of Aruba.

The storm was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1

hurricane Saturday evening, with sustained maximum winds near 75

mph. It was expected to strengthen even further as it passed near

the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao late Saturday or early

Sunday.

Tropical Storm Henriette, meanwhile, was moving out to sea after

dumping rain on Mexico's Pacific coastline. In Acapulco, the storm

loosened a hillside in one of the resort's poor neighborhoods,

causing landslides Saturday that killed six people and prompted

evacuations.

Felix became the sixth named storm of the 2007 Atlantic

hurricane season early Saturday, spawning thunderstorms and downing

trees in Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the

twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean islands

reported only minor damage.

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