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    Ernesto Downgraded to Tropical Storm

    CORRECTS FIRST SENTENCE.- A man walks in a nearly deserted street Mahahual, Mexico, Tuesday, Aug.  7, 2012 as Tropical Storm Ernesto is expected to slam into the Caribbean coast as a hurricane late Tuesday. The heart of the storm was expected to hit south of Cancun and the Riviera Maya and officials prepared shelters there as a precaution. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

    Israel Leal / AP Photo

    Ernesto has become a tropical storm and is expected to weaken, according to the National Hurricane Center. Even though it is no longer a Category 1 hurricane, the storm continued to hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula with heavy rain and 70 mph winds as of Wednesday morning. The storm is expected to emerge from the Yucatan into the Bay of Campeche on Wednesday afternoon, where it could build back to hurricane strength once again. As much as 12 inches of rain are expected in some areas and the storm will cause a surge of two to four feet when it hits the coast.

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