MEXICO CITY: Hurricane Linda strengthened to a Category 2 storm off the northwest Mexican coast Monday, packing winds of up to 105 kilometers per hour, forecasters said. Linda was located 590 kilometers to the south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula at 2100 GMT, the US National Hurricane Center said. The hurricane had weakened slightly from earlier in the day, when winds had topped out at 155 kilometers per hour. It had also slowed its movement toward the coast from 22 to 19 kilometers per hour, according to the Miami-based NHC. But authorities warned the hurricane — upgraded from a tropical storm Sunday — could cause very heavy downpours in the states of Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco and urged the local population to exercise caution.