ACAPULCO, Mexico – Two people have gone missing in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero in the wake of Hurricane Max, which on Friday weakened to a tropical storm after making landfall Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane, officials said.
The two men’s disappearance was reported through the emergency number 911, and they were identified as a 19-year-old youth swept away by the Balsas River in the Martir de Cuilapan municipality, and a man, 45, in San Marcos, according to a bulletin issued by the Guerrero state emergency management office.
On a visit to San Marcos, state Gov. Hector Astudillo said the second missing person was carried away by a powerful current, though there is hope he will soon be found alive.
Though Max has weakened over the past few hours, state authorities warned that it continues to generate menacing storms.
“Its peripheral circulation will continue to cause downpours and strong storms, as well as storm surges all along the coastline,” officials warned.
For that reason, the Guerrero emergency management office asked inhabitants to maintain preventive measures, above all those living in high risk areas like the basins of rivers, streams and lakes, and in gullies and on unstable hillsides.
In the first assessment of the damage, state emergency management office chief Marco Cesar Mayares said that over 600 homes were damaged by the flooding in the municipalities of Coyuca de Benitez, Atoyac de Alvarez, Ometepec, Acapulco and San Marcos.
Also reported were fallen trees, landslides blocking roads, pools of collected water and the destruction of a bridge in Cuantepec municipality by an overflowing river that completely isolated the town of La Bocanita.
The official asked citizens to follow the advisories issued by the emergency management office and apply the corresponding preventive measures as long as the rainfall continues in the coming hours.
Up to now, 25 temporary shelters have been set up in the Costa Grande, Acapulco and Costa Chica regions, of which 10 are now operational, providing protection for 688 people affected by the latest storms.
Max, which formed this Wednesday in the Pacific Ocean, made landfall Thursday around 2:00 pm as a Category 1 hurricane near the community of Pico del Monte, Guerrero state, and soon afterward weakened to a tropical storm.
Early this month Hurricane Lidia lashed the Baja California Peninsula and left seven fatalities, as well as flooding and infrastructure damage, in the same area where Tropical Storm Norma is now headed after forming in the Pacific on Thursday.