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Hurricane Dora weakens to Category 3, but has southern Baja on alert
MIAMI (AP) ' Hurricane Dora has weakened to a Category 3 storm in the Pacific off Mexico, but nearby coastal areas are still on alert.
Its winds weakened to 120 mph (195 kph) early Friday. The Mexican government had a Tropical Storm warning in effect for the southern Baja California peninsula, including resort-dotted Los Cabos.
Dora continued to move gradually away from the coast, but waves generated by the hurricane battered shore communities. The foundations of a small lighthouse about 35 miles (60 kilometers) east of Acapulco toppled Wednesday. About 60 thatch-roofed restaurants on beaches in the area, around La Penitas and La Bocana, were damaged or swept away by the storm.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the center of the hurricane was about 210 miles (340 kilometers) southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico.