First East Pacific hurricane forms, then weakens off Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first hurricane of the Eastern Pacific season was down to tropical storm force and weakening Friday far off the coast of Mexico.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Alvin’s maximum sustained winds hit nearly 75 mph (120 kph) Thursday evening, but slipped back below hurricane threshold to 65 mph (100 kph) by Friday morning.
It was expected to continue weakening while moving roughly northwestward over open seas.
The storm was centered about 570 miles (920 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula early Friday and was moving northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).
It was expected to dissipate over the weekend.