Erick downgraded to tropical storm off Mexico

AP News
Posted: Jul 07, 2013 10:53 PM
Erick downgraded to tropical storm off Mexico

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Erick is weakening further as it moves off the Pacific coast of Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was centered late Sunday about 165 miles (265 kms) southeast of the southern tip of Baja California. Erick has top sustained winds of about 60 mph (95 kph) and is moving northwest at 9 mph (15 kph).

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 totaling 2 to 4 inches is possible in some areas.

Forecasters also say swells that can cause rip current conditions are likely.