Hurricane Max hits Mexico near Acapulco
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.
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.