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Rick weakens to tropical storm

October 20, 2009

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— A dangerous category 5 hurricane just two days earlier, Rick weakened to a tropical storm late Monday as it headed toward the resorts on the southern tip of Baja California, where two people were killed by high waves.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm’s maximum sustained winds died down to 70 mph over cooler waters that sapped its energy.

At one point during the weekend, Rick’s winds were clocked at 180 mph.

As of 10 p.m. CDT Monday, the center was about 290 south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas, where the storm was already pushing in 13-foot waves a day before its expected landfall.

State police commander Sergio Castro said a 16-year-old boy swimming at El Medano beach in Cabo San Lucas drowned Monday when a wave dragged him into the ocean.

The first victim was a 38-year-old man who was fishing from a rocky point when he was swept away by a big wave Sunday.

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