MIAMI, Oct. 20 (UPI) — Warnings of Tropical Storm Rick were posted by the Mexican government Tuesday as the system approached the southern Baja peninsula, U.S. forecasters said.
The warning posted at 2 a.m. PDT extended from Agua Blanca south, while a watch was posted for mainland Mexico from El Roblito northward through Altata, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported.
The storm was about 265 miles south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas and about 55 miles northwest of Socorro island, moving north-northeast at 6 mph, the forecasters said.
Once a powerful Category 5 hurricane, early Tuesday Rick had weakened to sustained winds of 65 mph that extended 165 miles from the center, the report said.
Further weakening was forecast before the storm was expected to brush the southern tip of Baja California early Wednesday and approach the western mainland later in the day.
Forecasters warned of potentially high surf conditions and said rainfall could reach 6 inches as the storm passed.
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