Hurricane Otis rapidly grows into Category 4 storm off Mexico’s Pacific coast heading for Acapulco

This satellite image provided by NOAA on Tuesday, shows Hurricane Otis approaching Mexico’s Pacific coast near Acapulco. Otis is forecast to make landfall early Wednesday and there is a hurricane warning in effect from Punta Maldonado to Zihuatanejo. (NOAA/ via AP)

ACAPULCO, Mexico — Hurricane Otis strengthened from a tropical storm to a dangerous Category 4 hurricane in a matter of hours Tuesday as it approached Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, where it was forecast to make landfall near the resort of Acapulco early Wednesday possibly as a catastrophic Category 5 storm.