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Hurricane Rick downgraded to Category 3 storm

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  • NEW: Rick's sustained winds decrease to 115 mph
  • Hurricane watch issued for southern Baja Peninsula
  • Rick expected to weaken further before landfall by midweek
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(CNN) -- Hurricane Rick weakened to a Category 3 storm early Monday as it churned toward Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said.

Workers fill sand bags at the Pueblo Bonito Rose Hotel on Mexico's Baja Peninsula early Monday.

Workers fill sand bags at the Pueblo Bonito Rose Hotel on Mexico's Baja Peninsula early Monday.

Rick, still a powerful storm, was expected to weaken further before landfall by midweek.

Maximum sustained winds dropped to near 115 mph (185 kph), the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, said in a 11 a.m. ET advisory.

"Although additional weakening is forecast during the next day or so, Rick is still expected to be a dangerous hurricane as it approaches the southern Baja Peninsula," forecasters said. "Interests in western Mexico, should monitor the progress of this hurricane."

Mexican officials issued a hurricane watch for southern Baja, California, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters said Rick would cause "potentially dangerous surf conditions."

Hurricane Rick was downgraded to a Category 4 storm Sunday evening.

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