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Hurricane Sandra is rapidly losing strength in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast


MIAMI — Hurricane Sandra is rapidly losing strength as it approaches Mexico's Pacific coast.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Friday have decreased to near 105 mph (165 kph), making it a Category 2 storm.

Sandra is centered about 280 miles (450 kilometers) south of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula and is moving north-northeast near 12 mph (19 kph).

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Baja California from Todos Santos to Los Barriles.

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