Max dumps rain on south­ern Mex­ico

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MEX­ICO CITY — A weak­en­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Max dumped rain over south­ern Mex­ico af­ter slam­ming into a sparsely pop­u­lated stretch of Pa­cific Coast as a Cat­e­gory 1 hur­ri­cane on Thurs­day.

Near the re­sort city of Aca­pulco, the gov­ern­ment worked fran­ti­cally to widen a chan­nel to the sea to pre­vent a coastal la­goon from flood­ing. And Gov. Hec­tor As­tudillo warned that the rain would con­tinue through the night, cre­at­ing fears of flood­ing and land­slides in Guer­rero and Oax­aca states.

The U.S. Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter had ear­lier is­sued a hur­ri­cane warn­ing for the coast­line be­tween Zi­hu­atanejo and Punta Maldonado.

The cen­ter said that the rapidly weak­en­ing Max should be­come a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion then dis­si­pate by early to­day.

Max had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 45 mph and was lo­cated about 95 miles east of Aca­pulco on Thurs­day night. It was head­ing to­ward the east at 7 mph, the hur­ri­cane cen­ter re­ported.

Aca­pulco, about 30 miles from where the hur­ri­cane made land­fall, was hit by strong winds and rain that blew down some branches on the city’s coastal boule­vard.

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