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Maria strengthens into Category 5 hurricane

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MIAMI (AP) -

Forecasters say Hurricane Maria has become a Category 5 storm as the eye nears Dominica.
  
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday evening that Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter planes found that Maria had strengthened into a storm with 160 mph (260 kph) winds.
  
The hurricane is about 15 miles (25 kilometers) east-southeast of Dominica and moving west-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph).

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