Hurricane Fabio weakens in Pacific

Fabio weakens far away from major land masses

MIAMI | July 16, 2012


Hurricane Fabio weakened some as it made its way across the Pacific Ocean Sunday night, far away from major land masses, U.S. forecasters said.

In its 8 p.m. PDT advisory, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm had weakened from a Category 2 to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of near 90 mph and higher gusts. It was centered about 685 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California and was moving to the west-northwest at 10 mph.

Because it was so far out to sea, the hurricane center said no coastal watches or warnings were warranted.

Fabio was expected to turn to the northwest Monday and then to the north Tuesday.

Forecasters said they expected Fabio to become a tropical storm Monday and further atrophy into a tropical depression Tuesday as it moves over much cooler waters.

Fabio's hurricane force winds were extending outward from its eye up to 35 miles and tropical storm force winds were reaching out up to 115 miles.

Fabio became the fifth hurricane of the season on Friday afternoon, more than a month ahead of schedule, the hurricane center said.

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