Laura weakens in Atlantic, Marie forms in Pacific

October 1, 2008 8:41:53 AM PDT
The National Hurricane Center says Laura has weakened over the cold waters of the north Atlantic and is no longer a tropical storm. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Marie formed in the Pacific about 575 miles southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

Laura's maximum sustained winds dropped to near 45 mph early Wednesday and the storm lost its tropical characteristics. It was centered about 505 miles east of Cape Race, Newfoundland, at 11 a.m. EDT and moving north-northeast near 18 mph.

The center says it will stop issuing advisories on Laura.

In the Pacific, Marie has maximum sustained winds near 50 mph and is moving near 9 mph to the northwest, away from Mexico.