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Lorenzo, Karen storms weaken

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  • NEW: Lorenzo raining on Mexico as a tropical depression
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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Two tropical weather systems were rapidly losing steam Friday, but a third system was upgraded to a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center said.

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A satellite image shows Tropical Storm Lorenzo over eastern Mexico at 5:45 a.m. ET Friday.

At 11 a.m. ET, a tropical depression that started the day as Hurricane Lorenzo had winds of 35 mph (55 kph) as it moved west across east-central Mexico.

Lorenzo was forecast to drop 5 to 10 inches of rain, more in some locations, before dissipating on Saturday.

The storm came ashore early Friday near Tuxpan, Mexico, as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (129 kph).

In the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Karen was barely hanging on with 40 mph (65 kph) winds, the hurricane center said. As of 11 a.m. ET, Karen's center was about 805 miles (1,295 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands. It was expected to continue to weaken over the next 24 hours, forecasters said.

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Meanwhile, farther east in the Atlantic, a tropical depression formed about 210 miles (340 kilometers) southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.

At 11 a.m., its maximum sustained winds were near 35 mph (55 kph) as it moved west at 7 mph (11 kph). Some strengthening is possible within the next 24 hours, forecasters said. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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