Hurricane Erick skirting Mexico's Pacific coast

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Hurricane Erick is skirting Mexico's Pacific coast and expected to begin gradually weakening later Sunday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the Category 1 hurricane is threatening to dump heavy rain as it parallels the coast offshore. The storm forced the temporary closure Saturday of Mexico's biggest container port, Manzanillo.

The Miami center says Erick has maximum sustained winds around 80 mph (110 kph). It was centered late Saturday about 120 miles (190 kilometers) west of Manzanillo and expected to approach the southern Baja California peninsula late Sunday.

A hurricane watch is in effect from Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes, Mexico. Forecasters say rainfall totaling 3 to 5 inches is possible across several of mainland Mexico's Pacific coastal states.

Other watches and warnings are in effect.

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