Carlotta weakening, now a tropical depression

Associated Press
This image provided by NASA acquired Friday at 11 p.m. EDT shows Hurricane Carlotta slammed into Mexico's resort-studded Pacific coast late Friday, toppling trees and lashing hotels while authorities evacuated people from low-lying areas. The rapidly changing hurricane made landfall as a Category 1 storm near Puerto Escondido, a laid-back port popular with surfers, and is expected to push inland and northward in the direction of Acapulco. (AP Photo/NASA)

MIAMI (AP) — Officials say Carlotta has been downgraded to a tropical depression over Mexico as the system continues to rapidly weaken.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday that the government of Mexico has discontinued all watches and warnings.

Carlotta is continuing to dissipate over land, but forecasters warn it is continuing to bring powerful winds and rains. Officials say the rain could cause flash floods and mudslides, though Carlotta is expected to continue weakening as it meanders over Mexico.

Maximum sustained winds were at about 35 mph (56 kph), and Carlotta was moving west-northwest at 12 mph (19 kph). It was centered about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north-northeast of Acapulco.