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Hurricane weakens off Mexican coast

Hurricane Carlos has weakened slightly but is expected to regain punch, hovering over the Pacific Ocean off Mexico.

The US National Hurricane Centre said the eye of the Category 1 storm is about 80 miles south-southwest of Acapulco with top sustained winds of 74mph.

A hurricane warning extends from Punta San Telmo to Tecpan de Galean and a hurricane watch from west of Punta San Telmo to Manzanillo. A tropical storm warning runs east of Tecpan de Galeana to Punta Maldonado.

Carlos could eventually dump six to 10 inches of rain or more across four south-west Mexican states and cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said.

It is the third hurricane of the 2015 eastern Pacific season.

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