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Hurricane Marie weakens in Mexican Pacific

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Photo - This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at 02:00 AM EDT shows Hurricane Marie about 500 miles southwest of the Baja Peninsula. Marie is a very powerful storm with maximum winds measured near 150 miles per hour. This storm will continue moving to the northwest and will not pose a threat to land. Over the western United States, a stationary front from the central Plains through the Great Basin produces rain showers and thunderstorms. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)
This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at 02:00 AM EDT shows Hurricane Marie about 500 miles southwest of the Baja Peninsula. Marie is a very powerful storm with maximum winds measured near 150 miles per hour. This storm will continue moving to the northwest and will not pose a threat to land. Over the western United States, a stationary front from the central Plains through the Great Basin produces rain showers and thunderstorms. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Marie has weakened to a Category 2 storm, but continues kicking up high swells along Mexico's northern Pacific coast and threatens to raise dangerous waves along the Southern California coast.

The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami says Marie's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday have decreased to 105 mph (165 kph). Additional weakening is forecast and the storm is expected to lose hurricane status in the next day or so.

Marie is centered about 550 miles (880 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and is moving northwest near 14 mph (22 kph).

Swells provoked by the storm are affecting much of Mexico's Pacific coast and the Hurricane Center is warning of dangerous surf and rip current conditions.

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