Hurricane Marie weakened Monday afternoon but remains a Category 3 storm as it churns about 505 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Monday morning.
Marie at 5 p.m. Monday registered 115 mph winds and was moving toward the northwest at 13 mph, forecasters said. Hurricane-force winds (winds greater than 75 mph) extend outward 60 miles and tropical storm-force winds reaching some 310 miles from the center of Marie.
Surf from the 13th named storm of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season is already affecting portions of the south-central and southwestern coast of Mexico and is expected to reach Southern California shores by Tuesday. The swells generated by the storm will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip currents along affected coasts.
Forecasters expect Marie to steadily weaken during the next 48 hours. It could be downgraded to a tropical storm on Wednesday.