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Oct 19, 2009 7:58 AM by Associated Press

Hurricane Rick weakens in Pacific, still dangerous

Forecasters say Hurricane Rick has weakened in the eastern North Pacific but is still a dangerous storm and could veer into resorts at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula by midweek.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla., says as of Sunday night, winds were down to 145 mph (230 kph). It makes it a Category 4 storm. The peak winds as a Category 5 were 180 mph (285 kph).

Forecasters say a hurricane watch may be required for parts of southern Baja California on Monday.

The eye was centered about 410 miles (660 kilometers) south of Cabo San Lucas as of 11 p.m. EDT Sunday. More weakening is expected over the next couple of days.

Large swells will cause potentially dangerous surf along the southern Baja California coast and west-central coast of Mexico.

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