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Dora Weakens to Tropical Storm Off Coast of Baja California

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July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Hurricane Dora weakened to a tropical storm on a track moving almost parallel to the west coast of Baja California, while Tropical Storm Cindy moved into colder Atlantic waters that sapped its strength, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Dora’s top winds fell to 70 miles (100 kilometers) per hour from a peak of 155 mph yesterday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at 8 p.m. East Coast time. It’s likely to become a tropical depression in the next two days, the center said.

The storm is about 195 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and heading northwest at 8 mph, the center said. A tropical storm warning is in place from Agua Blanca to Buenavista, including Cabo San Lucas, although Dora is forecast to remain well offshore on the western coast of the peninsula.

Cindy was about 590 miles north-northwest of the Azores and is likely to dissipate tomorrow, the center said in a weather outlook. The system has maximum winds of 45 mph and it poses no threat to land.

A tropical wave causing rain and thunderstorms about 200 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next two days, the center said. It’s moving toward the west-northwest at 15 to 20 mph.

A disturbance becomes tropical when it develops cyclonic characteristics and becomes a named storm when sustained winds reach 39 mph. It reaches hurricane status when winds strengthen to 74 mph.

There are five levels of hurricane strength on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with Category 1 the lowest and Category 5, a storm with winds greater than 155 mph, the highest.

To contact the reporter on this story: Charlotte Porter at cporter11@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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