Carlos weakens to tropical storm over the Pacific

Monday, July 13th 2009, 12:14 pm
By: News 9

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hours after being downgraded from a hurricane, Tropical Storm Carlos weakened further Sunday night as it headed west over the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.
   Carlos had maximum sustained winds near 60 mph (95 kph), down from around 70 mph (110 kph) earlier Sunday, with tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 60 miles (95 kilometers) from the eye of the storm, said the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. Some strengthening is forecast in the next day or two, the center said.
   At 11 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT Monday), Carlos was centered about 1,230 miles (1,980 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. The storm was moving west near 12 mph (20 kph) on a path taking it farther out to sea.
   Carlos was named a hurricane on Saturday when its winds increased to near 80 mph (128 kph).