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As of early Wednesday morning, Ernesto weakened to a tropical storm as it doused Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula with rain, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Even though Ernesto was no longer a Category 1 hurricane it still served as a threat, battering the area with 70 mph winds and heavy rain. As of 5:00 a.m. ET, TS Ernesto was about 55 mi (85 kilometers) northwest of Chetumal, Mexico, and was moving west at 15 mph.

Officials at the National Hurricane Center forecast the storm to move into the Bay of Campeche Wednesday afternoon, where it could build back to hurricane strength.

Many areas are expected to see between four and eight inches of rain. Other areas could see up to 12 inches of rain. Those areas include Belize, the southern Yucatan Peninsula and northern Guatemala.

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