Beatriz weakens to tropical storm off Mexico
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
MANZANILLO, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Beatriz weakened into a tropical storm and headed out to sea Tuesday after pounding Mexico’s resort-studded Pacific coast with heavy rains and winds.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Mexico’s government had discontinued a hurricane warning for a stretch of coastline from La Fortuna to Cabo Corrientes. Beatriz is expected to continue weakening over the next 48 hours.
Beatriz’s maximum sustained winds have dropped to near 60 mph. It is about 110 miles south-southwest Cabo Corrientes and moving west into the Pacific at near 12 mph.
Early Tuesday, Beatriz brushed Mexico’s Pacific coast as a hurricane forcing tourists from beaches and into hotels.
No injuries or major damage were reported in Manzanillo, said David Sanchez, Manzanillo’s civil protection director.
As of Tuesday afternoon, one Mexican tourist had been injured when a tree fell on him in Acapulco and a boy had gone missing after being swept by a current. Authorities closed the ports of Acapulco, Manzanillo and Zihuatanejo and urged hotel owners to tell guests not to go to the beach.
A steady rain was falling in Manzanillo on Tuesday, but people were mostly going about their business with normal vehicle traffic in main avenues and people standing at bus stops.
In Manzanillo, many tourists were hanging out at the beach despite warnings not to.
Farther south along the coast in Zihuatanejo, civil protection officials ordered the port closed completely and authorized five shelters in case of floods or mudslides.
Some streets and avenues in the tourist district and downtown were flooded and city officials had to pick up fallen trees.
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