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Tropical Storm Octave Stalls Search for Missing Plane Carrying 14

Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 09:29 AM

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Tropical Storm Octave drew closer to Mexico's Baja California peninsula, weakening slightly on its approach and hampering the search for a missing plave with 14 aboard.

The storm, about 175 miles south of the town of Cabo San Lazaro on the peninsula's western coast, was traveling north at about 13 miles per hour, Miami's National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.

Meanwhile, Mexican authorities were searching for a second day for a small plane carrying 14 people that went missing in northern Mexico, according to The Associated Press.

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The plane was operated by a small local carrier and all those aboard are believed to have been Mexican citizens.

The Transportation Department's representative in Baja California Sur state says five civilian and military aircraft are participating in the search. Alejandro Cruz said Tuesday the search has covered terrain stretching from the beach town of Loreto south to Ciudad Constitucion, the plane's intended destination.

Octave had maximum sustained wind speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, down slightly from Sunday night, and the storm was expected to approach the peninsula's west coast sometime on Tuesday, the NHC said.

Mexico's government has issued a tropical storm warning for the southwestern coast of Baja California, from the town of Santa Fe north to Punta Abreojos, according to Reuters.

The storm is expected to cause rainfall of between 3 and 8 inches along much of the peninsula and an accompanying storm surge "will be accompanied by large and destructive waves," the center said.

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All of Mexico's Pacific coast ports remained open on Monday, according to the country's transportation ministry.

Mexico was pummeled by some of the worst flood damage in decades last month after storms converged from the Pacific and Atlantic, triggering mud-slides and killing about 150 people.

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