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Tropical Storm Carlos Strengthens, Cuts Power to Mexican Resort

Monday, 15 Jun 2015 07:41 AM

Tropical Storm Carlos, which damaged homes and left at least half the Mexican resort town of Acapulco without power, is expected to strengthen to a hurricane again by early Tuesday, authorities said.

Carlos was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm on Sunday as it swirled off Mexico's Pacific coast.

It nonetheless caused high winds and rains that produced flooding, damaged four homes and destroyed a turtle sanctuary, authorities in Acapulco said Sunday.

It also left at least half the city without electricity and felled billboards, trees and poles, said Raul Miliani, an official for civil protection in Guerrero state, where school has been canceled for Monday.

The storm reportedly caused damage to 16 restaurants along the beach.

No injuries were reported.

"It's not a catastrophic scenario. We have not reached a state of emergency or catastrophe, but we are remaining vigilant," Miliani said.

Carlos was expected to become a hurricane again by early Tuesday, the U.S. National Weather Service reported Monday.

The storm was forecast to produce up to 15 to 25 centimeters (six to 10 inches) of rain through Wednesday in Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco and Nayari states, the service said. Maximum totals of 38 centimeters were possible.

"These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides," it warned in a bulletin, adding that life-threatening surf and rip currents were also possible.

At 0900 GMT, Carlos was about 205 kilometers (125 miles) west of Acapulco, the weather service said.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (70 miles per hour), while moving northwest at nine kph.

Carlos was the third hurricane of the Pacific storm season, following Andres, which never made landfall, and Blanca, which weakened to a tropical storm when it reached the Baja California peninsula earlier this month.

© AFP 2017

 
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