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SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico – A weakening Tropical Storm Paul swirled just south of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of shantytown residents on a stretch of coastline famed for its golf courses and beaches.The tropical storm, which weakened from a hurricane Tuesday, had top winds near 45 mph. The storm was expected to weaken further before hitting land Thursday near the resort of Mazatlan on Mexico’s mainland Pacific coast.While the threat of damage from the storm had diminished, the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned it could dump up to 10 inches of rain, causing flash flooding and landslides.On Wednesday morning, Tropical Storm Paul was located 70 miles east of Cabo San Lucas and 180 miles west of Mazatlan. It was moving northeast at 14 mph.

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