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Hurricane John Weakens to a Tropical Storm

John weakened to a tropical storm Saturday just hours after it hit land as a hurricane in the southern part of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, ripping the roofs from shacks, knocking out power and sending billboards flying.

John was a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds when it struck land near isolated hamlets northeast of Los Cabos Friday night, but it slipped to Category 1 status with winds near 85 mph by Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon, it weakened to a tropical storm when winds dropped to 60 mph.

After missing a direct hit on the tourist resort of Cabo San Lucas, John hit northwest of La Paz, cutting electricity, downing trees and sending billboards flying in the city of more than 150,000 people.

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