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National Hurricane Center Stops Issuing Advisories on Two Storms

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Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The National Hurricane Center has ceased issuing advisories for former hurricanes Paul and Rafael after both lost their tropical characteristics and became normal weather systems.

Paul became what is called a remnant low in the Pacific about 15 miles (21 kilometers) west-southwest of Punta Eugenia, Mexico, while Rafael transitioned into a regular ocean storm in the Atlantic about 745 miles (1,199 kilometers) southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Rafael will send high waves into the coast of Canada that may cause dangerous surf and rip currents, while Paul may soak central Baja California with as much as 10 inches of rain, the Miami-based center said in an advisory just before 5 p.m. New York time.

The decision to stop issuing advisories means the storms lack the organization and the power of a tropical system.

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