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Lowell weakens to tropical storm in Eastern Pacific

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:59 p.m. HST, Aug 21, 2014

Soon after intensifying to become the seventh hurricane of the season in the Eastern Pacific, Lowell weakened back to tropical storm status Thursday evening.

The storm had maximum sustained wind speeds of 70 mph as of 5 p.m. Thursday, down 5 mph from Thursday morning.

The eye of Lowell was about 840 miles west of Baja, California in Mexico, moving northwest at 6 mph.

Tropical Storm Lowell is expected to continue to weaken over the next 48 hours.

Lowell is influencing the path of Tropical Storm Karina, to its west, Karina was about 1,270 miles east-southeast of Hilo at 5 p.m., packing sustained winds of 65 mph. It had stalled as Lowell began pulling at Karina. The storm is moving east at 2 mph, but is expected to turn toward the east-northeast, away from Hawaii.

Neither storm is expected to affect Hawaii's weather over the next several days.

Meanwhile the Eastern Pacific continues to be active this summer.

A tropical depression southeast of Acapulco is packing maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, but is expected to continue strengthening and reach hurricane status on Saturday.

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