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Hurricane Max Makes Landfall in Southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY The eye of Hurricane Max, a Category 1 storm, came ashore on Thursday in the southern state of Guerrero, the Mexican weather service said.

The hurricane, which has sustained winds of 130 kph (80 mph), made landfall around 4 pm (2100 GMT) near the town of Pico del Monte, the weather service said on Twitter.

Max was located roughly 90 kilometers (55 miles) east-southeast of Acapulco and moving eastward at 13 kph (8 mph), according to the latest bulletin.

The storm is bringing heavy rains, strong winds and storm surge to Guerrero, Oaxaca and Michoacan states.

Max has the potential to dump as much as 250 millimeters (nearly 10 inches) of rain in parts of Guerrero, according to the weather service, which forecast that the system would weaken to a tropical storm by the wee hours of Friday.

Emergency management officials issued a hurricane warning for the coast of Guerrero and a hurricane watch for the Oaxaca coast.

Oaxaca was the state hardest hit by the magnitude-8.2 earthquake that rocked southern Mexico on Sept. 7.

The national emergency management office has advised people living along the coast and marine interests to prepare for the storm.

Max is the 13th named storm of the 2017 Pacific hurricane season.

On Sept. 1, Tropical Storm Lidia made landfall on the Baja California Peninsula, killing seven people and causing extensive flooding and infrastructure damage.

 

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