Hurricane Simon weakening off Mexico's coast

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Posted: Oct 05, 2014 6:05 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Simon is rapidly weakening but remains a major hurricane in the Pacific that poses no direct threat to land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Simon's maximum sustained winds decreased to 115 mph (185 kph) Sunday. The Category 4 hurricane is expected to continue weakening.

The center says the hurricane is located about 435 miles (705 kilometers) west of the southern tip of the Baja peninsula and is moving northwest at 10 mph (17 kph). There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Simon is expected to produce up to 4 inches (10 centimeters ) of rain, with isolated amounts of 8 inches (20 centimeters), across central portions of the peninsula and in the northwestern state of Sonora. Swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.