Paul downgraded to tropical storm

Hurricane Paul weakened to a tropical storm Tuesday, but could still dump more than 250 mm of rain on resorts at the tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula and parts of the western mainland.

Hurricane Paul weakened to a tropical storm Tuesday, but could still dump more than 250 millimetres of rain on resorts at the tip ofMexico's Baja peninsula and parts of the western mainland.

The storm's sustained winds have dropped to 100 kilometres an hour and forecasters say they expect it to weaken further.

Tropical storm Paul is roughly 500 kilometres south of Cabo San Lucas. It is expected to move just south of the Baja Peninsula late Tuesday before plowing into Mexico's mainland Pacific coast near the resort of Mazatlan on Wednesday.

A hurricane watchwasreplaced with a less-urgent tropical storm warning on Tuesday— meaning tropical storm conditions are possible within 36 hours — for the southern tip of the peninsula north to La Paz.

Mexican government officials have also issued atropical storm watch for the west coast of mainland Mexico from Mazatlan to Altata.

Streets were flooded in the resort town of Cabo San Lucas, where authorities closed schools and opened eight shelters Tuesday. Officials were searching for the body of an American man who reportedly drowned while swimming in surging waves Monday.

Known for their rugged beauty, San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are popular with sport fishermen and celebrities and famous for their deep-sea fishing, world-class golf courses and pristine beaches flanked by cactus-dotted deserts.

Some tourists, however, weren't sticking around for the storm. Long lines snaked from ticket counters at the airport in San Jose del Cabo.

Mexico was struck by two Pacific hurricanes last month. Hurricane John battered Baja California killing five people and destroying 160 homes, while Hurricane Lane hit the resort town of Mazatlan, causing relatively minor damage.

With files from the Associated Press