Kay weakens to tropical storm in eastern Pacific off coast of Baja California

Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Hurricane Kay in the eastern Pacific Ocean has weakened to a tropical storm, but is still expected to bring stormy conditions to the western coast of Baja

California and parts of Southern California on Friday. In its 2 a.m. PDT advisory Friday, the National Hurricane Center said Kay was located about 125 miles northwest of

Punta Eugenia, Mexico, and 235 miles southeast of San Diego. It had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and was moving northwest at 13 mph. A storm becomes a hurricane when

sustained winds reach 74 mph. The NHC had said that Kay could become a major hurricane -- one at Category 3 or higher -- on Wednesday. A hurricane reaches Category 3

strength when it has maximum sustained winds of 111 mph or greater. But Kay topped out with winds at 105 mph before it began to weaken late Wednesday. Kay is now expected

to remain at tropical storm strength through Friday before it weakens to a depression early on Saturday. Its path will take it as far north near the San Diego area before it turns

west farther out in the Pacific and ultimately dissipates. "On the forecast track, the center of Kay will move parallel to the coast of the northwestern Baja California

peninsula through today, and then begin to move further offshore by Saturday," the NHC said in its update Friday. Although it won't make landfall anywhere on the U.S. West

Coast, Kay is still producing stormy conditions for far Southern California, including the San Diego area, where some have put up sandbags to guard against possible flooding.