Hur­ri­cane Max hits Mex­ico near Aca­pulco

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS - EX­TREME WEATHER

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 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 fever­ishly 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 Max for the coast­line be­tween Zi­hu­atanejo and Punta Mal­don­ado, and said the storm could bring “lifethreat­en­ing flash floods and rain­fall” to Guer­rero and Oax­aca states.

Max had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 70 mph and was about 80 miles east of Aca­pulco. It was head­ing to­ward the east at 8 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.

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.

BERNANDINO HER­NAN­DEZ — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A man fights against waves caused by ap­proach­ing Hur­ri­cane Max that took away part of the beach in Pie de La Cuesta, near Aca­pulco, Guer­rero state, on Thurs­day.

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