Lorena downgraded to storm off Mexico coast

HURRICANE Lorena was downgraded to a tropical storm as it swirled in the Gulf of California off northwest Mexico yesterday after making landfall near the Los Cabos beach resort, said the Mexican storm monitor.

With maximum sustained winds of 85kph, Lorena is expected to bring heavy rains to Baja California Sur and the neighbouring state of Sinaloa as it moves north at 19kph, said Conagua.