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Tropical Storm Nate Weakens in Mexico


Navy officers walk along El Bosque beach, in Mexico's Tabasco state, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011

Navy officers walk along El Bosque beach, in Mexico's Tabasco state, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Nate has lost strength as it moves toward landfall in Mexico.

Forecasters say Nate's winds have dropped to 95 kilometers-per-hour, with little change in strength expected before hitting land Sunday.

A hurricane warning has been replaced by a tropical storm warning along part of the Mexican gulf coast from Tuxpan to the port of Veracruz. Still, considerable rain is expected over the state of Veracruz.

The Mexican navy and state oil company teams had been hoping for calmer waters as they search for 10 oil workers missing off Mexico's gulf coast. Oil company Pemex said it had evacuated 473 workers from platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. The 10 missing workers had to abandon their disabled lifeboat for an enclosed life raft Thursday.

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