Hur­ri­cane Max slams into Mex­ico, then weak­ens

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WORLD - The As­so­ci­ated Press

MEX­ICO CITY — Hur­ri­cane Max slammed into Mex­ico’s south­ern Pa­cific coast Thurs­day, dump­ing rain on an area east of the re­sort city of Aca­pulco be­fore rapidly weak­en­ing into a trop­i­cal storm as it moved in­land into Guer­rero state.

The coast­line where Max made land­fall is sparsely pop­u­lated and dot­ted with fish­ing vil­lages.

Guer­rero Gov. Hec­tor As­tudillo warned that the rains would con­tinue all night. Near Aca­pulco, the gov­ern­ment worked fran­ti­cally to widen a chan­nel to the sea to pre­vent a coastal la­goon from flood­ing.

The U.S. Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter had ear­lier is­sued a hur­ri­cane warn­ing for the coast­line be­tween Zi­hu­atanejo and Punta Mal­don­ado, and said the storm could bring “life-threat­en­ing flash floods and rain­fall” to Guer­rero and Oax­aca states.

The cen­ter said the rapidly weak­en­ing Max should be­come a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion in the com­ing hours be­fore dis­si­pat­ing early Fri­day.

Max had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 45 mph and was lo­cated about 80 miles east of Aca­pulco Thurs­day night. It was head­ing to­ward the east at 7 mph, the hur­ri­cane cen­ter re­ported.

Also Thurs­day, Trop­i­cal Storm Norma formed far­ther out to the west in the Pa­cific and was ex­pected to strengthen and head to­ward the re­sort-stud­ded Baja Cal­i­for­nia Penin­sula.

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