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Raymond weakens to a tropical storm, moves away from Mexico's coast

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    Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 11:06 AM -

    After strengthening into a major Category 3 hurricane earlier this week, Raymond has weakened to a tropical storm.

    The system is now moving away from Mexico's Pacific coast after flooding rains forced authorities to evacuate a village there. 

    According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Raymond's maximum sustained winds weakened to 100 km/h early Wednesday, with additional weakening forecast over the next several days. 

    All coastal watches and warnings have been lifted, but an additional 25-50 mm of rain is expected, with isolated storm total amounts of up to 380 mm over the Mexican state of Guerrero.

    Swells generated by Raymond are also producing large and dangerous waves along portions of the south-central coast of Mexico. 

    These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, the NHC warns.

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