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Hurricane Dora Weakens; Atlantic Storm Bret Becomes a Depression

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July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Dora was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane off Mexico’s Pacific coast and is expected to lose strength today, U.S. meteorologists said. In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Bret became a depression and Cindy weakened.

Dora’s top winds fell to 120 miles (193 kilometers) per hour from 140 mph late yesterday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at 2 a.m. New York time. The hurricane, about 210 miles southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, and heading northwest at 9 mph, is forecast to remain offshore, the agency said.

The government of Mexico issued a tropical storm warning from Agua Blanca to Buenavista including Cabo San Lucas, the center said.

In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Cindy was about 910 miles west-northwest of the Azores and moving “rapidly” northeast, the center said in an advisory issued at 11 p.m. New York time yesterday. Maximum winds dropped to 50 mph and the system may dissipate in the next couple of days, posing no threat to land.

Bret, the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, weakened to a tropical depression and is forecast to dissipate over the next day or so, the center said in another advisory yesterday. It was 295 miles northwest of Bermuda and was moving northeast at 14 mph.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ann Koh in Singapore at akoh15@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alexander Kwiatkowski at akwiatkowsk2@bloomberg.net