Erick weakens to tropical storm

Sunday, July 7, 2013, 1:48 PM -

Erick is weakening and has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves off the Pacific coast of Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm was centred Sunday about 260 miles (420 kilometres) southeast of the southern tip of Baja California. The storm has top sustained winds of about 110 km/h and is moving northwest at 17 km/h.

Mexican authorities say a tropical storm warning is in effect from Southern Baja California from Santa Fe to La Paz. Tropical storm conditions are expected there by early Monday.

Rainfall totalling 50 to 100 mm is possible in some areas.  

Forecasters also say swells likely to cause rip current conditions are likely.

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