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updated 10/15/2012 11:55:45 PM ET 2012-10-16T03:55:45

Hurricane Paul has weakened to a Category 2 storm in the eastern Pacific but is still swirling near Mexico's western coast.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Monday that Paul's maximum sustained winds had decreased to 110 mph and that the storm was centered about 310 miles southwest of the Baja California peninsula's southern tip.

The Mexican government extended its hurricane warning for the west coast northward to Punta Abreojos. The hurricane center said the center of Paul should move inland along the coast by Tuesday night.

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In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Rafael could become a hurricane later Monday, but is not expected to impact the United States, the NHC said.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bermuda with high winds possible by Tuesday afternoon or evening.

Rafael is the 17th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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