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Hurricane Dora weakens

Dora weakens on Friday
Dora weakens on Friday

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

July 22, 2011 — Hurricane Dora has weakened to a Category 1 storm, but coastal areas remain on high alert.

Current tropics
Current tropics

Hurricane Dora

Dora is the fourth named storm of the eastern Pacific season and became a Category 4 hurricane Wednesday evening. By Friday morning, Dora had weakened to a Category 1 storm with winds at around 90 km/h.

Although Dora continues to move away from the coast, several communities remain on high alert as large waves batter the shore.

Over 200 fishermen in the community of Playa Vicente are suffering setbacks as significant flooding destroyed their homes, storage buildings and offices. Officials say over 60 restaurants on beaches around La Penitas and La Bocana were also damaged or swept away by the storm.

Meanwhile, port authorities in Los Cabos ordered a suspension of boat tours and other tourism services. Hundreds of shelters have been set up in flood-prone areas along the coast.

Tropical Storm Bret

Tropical storm Bret was the second named storm of the Atlantic season and formed formed near the northern Bahamas last Sunday.

Authorities issued a tropical storm warning for Grand Bahama Island and the Abaco Islands, but the watches and warnings were later dropped on Tuesday as Bret began slowing down.

Bret weakened into a tropical depression as it moved away from the Bahamas and stayed well off the U.S. Atlantic coast.

Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical storm Cindy formed in the open Atlantic north of Bermuda late Wednesday afternoon.

Cindy is racing towards the cold waters of the far north Atlantic and forecasters at the National Hurricane Centre say as it encounters cooler water it will quickly dissipate over the next couple of days.

It is not expected to affect any landforms, and no watches or warnings are in place.

Storms are named before they're born. Check out what this season's storms in the Pacific and Atlantic will be called.

With files from Jill Colton.

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