Palm trees seen blowing in gusting winds in San Fernando square in northern State of Tamaulipas
 Weather forecasters say Hurricane Emily has weakened as it passes over the northeastern coast of Mexico.

The U.S. National Weather Service says Emily has weakened to a category two storm with maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour.

Earlier Wednesday, the eye of the storm passed over the coast near the town of San Fernando, Mexico.

Outer bands of the storm battered the town of Brownsville and the Padre Islands in southern Texas. The national weather service has since downgraded southern Texas' hurricane warning to a tropical storm warning.

An American Red Cross official in Brownsville, Louise St. Germain, tells VOA that Emily has damaged trees and power lines, but she said she knows of no injuries from the storm.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.