updated 11/17/2006 7:51:19 AM ET 2006-11-17T12:51:19

Hurricane Sergio weakened to a tropical storm Friday, soaking areas of Mexico’s Pacific coast with rain but posing no threat to land.

Sergio, the 10th hurricane of the year in the eastern Pacific, had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and was centered about 360 miles southeast of the port city of Manzanillo, the U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Sergio was moving north at about 3 mph and was expected to make a gradual turn toward the northwest away from land.

The hurricane, which became a Category 2 storm Wednesday with maximum high winds of 110 mph, was dumping rain on a long stretch of the Pacific coast.

Tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 115 miles.

Tropical storms become hurricanes when wind speeds reach 74 mph.

The eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends Nov. 30.

The unusual late-season storm was the second to form in the eastern Pacific this month. It was the first time since 1961 that two tropical storms have formed in the eastern Pacific in the month of November. Only five tropical storms have formed later in the year than Sergio, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

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