Max dumps rain on southern Mexico
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.