Tropical Storm Sonia slows as it hits Mexico

Tropical Storm Sonia hits Mexico as it slows into a depression

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Tropical Storm Sonia slows as it hits Mexico
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This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, November 03, 2013 at 02:00 PM EDT shows Tropical Storm Sonia approaching the southern Baja Peninsula with maximum winds of 45mph. Low pressure system over the Northwest with areas of snow showers. Rain showers are seen over New Mexico. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Monday that Tropical Storm Sonia has been downgraded to a tropical depression as it hit land in Mexico.

The center in Miami said the center of Sonia reached the coast of Sinaloa near the city of El Dorado early on Monday.

Its maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph (55 kph), and it will likely dissipate later Monday over Mexico's mountainous terrain.

Even though Sonia is weakening, heavy rains are still possible in Sinaloa, western Durango and southern Chihuahua, the center said.

The government of Sinaloa state said classes were canceled for Monday in five municipalities that could be affected by the storm. Sixty shelters were being opened in case anyone had to evacuate their homes.

In the resort town of Los Cabos in Baja California, officials opened a shelter for possible evacuees and said the port had been closed to small craft.

The hurricane center said the storm could produce up to 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) of rainfall in Sinaloa and Durango states, with isolated areas getting as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters).

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