Pamela weakens to tropical storm, but strengthening expected

Pamela weakens to tropical storm, but strengthening expected
Hurricane Pamela has weakened to a tropical storm as it meanders off Mexico’s Pacific coast

Hurricane Pamela weakened to a tropical storm Tuesday as it meandered off Mexico’s 太平洋 coast, though forecasters said it was expected to regain strength overnight and be a hurricane while making landfall near the port of Mazatlan on Wednesday.

美国. National Hurricane Center said Pamela’s center was about 240 英里 (385 公里) southwest of Mazatlan at midafternoon Tuesday and was moving north at about 9 时速 (15 公里/小时). The storm had maximum winds of about 70 时速 (110 公里/小时).

Pamela was forecast to pass south of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula late Tuesday and accelerate toward the coast.

The hurricane center warned of the possibility of life-threatening storm surges, flash floods and dangerous winds around the impact area.

Pamela was then expected to weaken while crossing over northern 墨西哥 and could approach the 德克萨斯州 border as a tropical depression by Thursday. The center said remnants of the hurricane could affect parts of the south-central United States “late Wednesday or Thursday.”