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HURRICANE, THEN QUAKE AND HURRICANE?

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Roxanne became a hurricane Tuesday and headed for the Yucatan Peninsula with wind blowing at a steady 105 mph, threatening Mexico with its second natural disaster in as many days.

A powerful earthquake shook Mexico's Pacific Coast on Monday, killing at least 54. Roxanne menaced the same area where Hurricane Opal roared ashore a week ago, killing at least 10 people."We've got the real thing down there," hurricane specialist Max Mayfield said from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

"This is a healthy hurricane and I think it will continue to strengthen even before it gets to the Yucatan." The hurricane's strongest wind was expected to reach the northeast Yucatan coast around midnight, he added.

Roxanne - the 17th named storm of the busy 1995 Atlantic hurricane season - formed Monday south of the Cayman Islands, near where Opal was born, and became a hurricane early Tuesday. It is the first "R"-named storm since the National Hurricane Center started naming storms in 1950.

The record for tropical storms and hurricanes in a season is 21, set in 1933.

At 9 a.m. MDT, Roxanne was centered about 115 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. The hurricane was traveling northwest near 8 mph and its wind speed had increased to 105 mph, making it a strong Category 2 storm.