SAN CARLOS, Mexico — Hurricane Otis weakened to a tropical storm Sunday and headed north toward an unpopulated stretch of the Baja California Peninsula, while another tropical storm crossed the Yucatan peninsula, apparently heading for open Gulf waters.
No immediate reports of damages or injuries were received in connection with either Otis or Tropical Storm Stan, officials in the states of Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo said.
Otis, once a Category One hurricane, had wind speeds of about 45 mph by Sunday and was expected to weaken and fall below tropical storm strength, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
The storm was swirling about about 125 miles south of Cabo San Lazaro, near the tip of the Baja California peninsula, and could cross over a relatively unpopulated stretch of coast about 300 miles north of the resort of Cabo San Lucas on Monday.
Two Americans had to be helped into port at San Carlos by a local tuna-boat captain after their sailboat was damaged first by Tropical Storm Norma last week, and Tropical Storm Stan this week.
Over the weekend, more than 1,000 people evacuated as rains from the storm’s outer bands sparked flooding in the poor outskirts of Cabo San Lucas. The resort’s hotels escaped major flooding, but some evacuations were carried out further north on the islands of Magdalena and Margarita.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Stan formed before dawn Sunday and then plowed into a marshy stretch of land about 40 miles southwest of the resort Tulum. The storm could re-emerge into the Gulf of Mexico by Monday, where it was projected to gather strength again.
Stan was moving inland across the Yucatan peninsula at about 12 mph with winds of about 40 mph, and was about 50 miles southeast of the Yucatan state port of Progreso.
The storm was expected to dump up to 15 inches of rain in some areas of the Yucatan peninsula and Belize.
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