Sergio downgraded to tropical storm heading to Mexico’s Baja
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Sergio has been downgraded to a tropical storm in the Pacific days before expected landfall on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center reports that the storm’s maximum sustained winds decreased to 70 mph (110 kph) Tuesday afternoon. Its center was about 1,155 miles (1,855 kilometers) off the peninsula’s southern tip, and it was heading toward the east-northeast at 9 mph (15 kph).
The center advised people in Baja California Sur state to monitor the storm’s progress. Its forecast path could take it to landfall Friday on a sparsely populated section of the peninsula that is home to a large environmental preserve.
Heavy rains associated with Sergio and its remnants were forecast for northwestern Mexico as well as the U.S. Southern Plains and Ozarks “through Sunday.”