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Simon Weakens, Still a Danger to Mexico

Simon continues on a weakening trend that will eventually bring the once-major hurricane to its demise. However, hazards to Baja California remain.

Simon rapidly intensified on Saturday, becoming the eighth major hurricane of the 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season.

The good news is that Simon remained well offshore while at its peak intensity and will weaken into a tropical depression before making landfall in northern Baja California Tuesday night.

Despite weakening and being several hundred miles off the coast, rounds heavy rain have already hit parts Baja California and more is expected through Tuesday.

Rainfall will average 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) across Baja California and Sonora with localized amounts exceeding 200 mm (8 inches).

This rainfall on top of recent heavy rain will increase the threat for downed trees and power lines. There will also be an elevated risk for mudslides in any areas of rugged terrain.

Wind is not expected to be a major issue with Simon as it comes onshore in a weakened state Tuesday night and continues to weaken as it tracks northeastward into northern Mexico and the southwest United States.