Tropical Storm Sergio hits Mexico, weakens to depression

Published: Oct. 12, 2018 at 10:16 AM CDT
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Tropical Storm Sergio weakened into a tropical depression Friday after soaking the Baja California Peninsula, crossing the Gulf of California and then continuing to lose punch over mainland Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said tropical storm warnings were discontinued as Sergio's maximum sustained winds decreased to about 30 mph (45 kph). It was forecast to degenerate into a remnant low-pressure system later Friday.

But the Hurricane Center said Sergio and its remnants were still expected to produce total rainfall of 3 to 5 inches over northwestern Mexico and 1 to 3 inches in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and toward the southern plains through Saturday, potentially causing dangerous floods.

The storm's center was located about 30 miles (45 kilometers) north of Guaymas, Mexico, Friday afternoon. It was heading northeast at 24 mph (39 kph).

Mexican authorities had closed schools and port activities in affected areas.