updated 10/22/2007 7:28:07 AM ET 2007-10-22T11:28:07

Tropical Storm Kiko weakened further as it moved out to sea and away from Mexico's Pacific coast on Monday.

Kiko moved well offshore and was expected to weaken to a tropical depression, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm's center was forecast to pass well south of the Baja peninsula.

Above normal tides and battering waves along the coast were expected to subside overnight and early Monday.

On Monday morning the storm packed maximum sustained winds of near 45 mph. At one point Kiko had winds near 70 mph but it never reached the hurricane strength that forecasters thought it would.

Kiko was heading west-northwest at 2 mph and was centered about 255 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas.

Mexico's Pacific Coast has seen several storms develop offshore and even make landfall there this season.

Hurricane Henriette last month left 10 dead along the Pacific Coast and Baja California Peninsula.

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