Weakening Tropical Storm Max dumps rain on southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — 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.

Near the resort city of Acapulco in Guerrero state, 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 rains 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 the rapidly weakening Max should become a tropical depression then dissipate by early Friday.

People walk under a downpour on a flooded street in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Hurricane Max hit Mexico's southern Pacific coast as a Category 1 storm Thursday and was expected to move inland into Guerrero state, a region that includes the resort city of Acapulco.(AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)

People walk under a downpour on a flooded street in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Hurricane Max hit Mexico’s southern Pacific coast as a Category 1 storm Thursday and was expected to move inland into Guerrero state, a region that includes the resort city of Acapulco.(AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)

Max had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (70 kph) and was located about 95 miles (150 kilometers) east of Acapulco Thursday night. It was heading toward the east at 7 mph (11 kph), the hurricane center reported.

Acapulco, about 30 miles (60 kilometers) 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 looks out at the Pacific ocean after heavy waves caused by approaching Hurricane Max took away part of the beach in Pie de La Cuesta, on the outskirts of Acapulco, Guerrero state, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Max has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane off Mexico's southern Pacific coast and is forecast to make landfall later Thursday along the coast of Guerrero state. It's a region that includes the resort city of Acapulco. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)

A man looks out at the Pacific ocean after heavy waves caused by approaching Hurricane Max took away part of the beach in Pie de La Cuesta, on the outskirts of Acapulco, Guerrero state, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Max has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane off Mexico’s southern Pacific coast and is forecast to make landfall later Thursday along the coast of Guerrero state. It’s a region that includes the resort city of Acapulco. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)

Norma was located about 360 miles (580 kilometers) south of the twin resorts of Los Cabos at the peninsula’s southern tip.

The storm had winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and was moving north at 6 mph (9 kph). On that track Norma could be at hurricane strength near Los Cabos by Sunday or Monday.

Los Cabos was hit by Tropical Storm Lidia in early September, causing at least five deaths.

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