Tropical Storm Paul Weakens to a Depression Along Mexican Coast

Tropical Storm Paul has weakened to a tropical depression and all warnings along Mexico’s Baja California coast have been dropped.

Paul’s top winds have fallen to 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour as it churns along the Baja’s Pacific coast about 85 miles southeast of Punta Eugenia, Mexico, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

“Paul is expected to degenerate into a remnant low- pressure area later today,” according to a hurricane center advisory at 8 a.m. Pacific time.

Paul may still cause life-threatening mudslides in the area and leave as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain before it breaks up in the ocean off Mexico.

In the Atlantic, Hurricane Rafael swept past Bermuda yesterday and is now 545 miles south-southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, moving north-northeast at 35 mph, the center said.

Rafael will lose its tropical characteristics while remaining a strong ocean storm today, according to the hurricane center. Tropical systems have their strongest winds at their core, while other systems aren’t that well organized.

It will move into the North Atlantic between North America and Europe later this week.

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