Hurricane Max Strikes Mexico's Pacific Coast

Hurricane Max slammed into Mexico's southern Pacific coast Thursday, dumping rain on an area east of the resort city of Acapulco before rapidly weakening into a tropical storm as it moved inland into Guerrero state. Heavy rainfall could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Five to 10 inches are expected to fall over the Mexican states.

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the agency warned earlier on Thursday.

Schools were closed and shelters were opened across the state as residents prepared for the storm, the French Press Agency said.

Acapulco, about 30 miles from where the hurricane made landfall, was hit by strong winds and rain that blew down some branches on the city's coastal boulevard.

As Reuters noted, Max is bearing down on a region popular with tourists that includes resorts like Acapulco, Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa.

The Government of Mexico has issued several watches and warnings:.

Mexico's National Electricity Company said it had deployed teams near the areas in the path of the hurricane in order to be able to restore power quickly in case of cuts.

Land interaction is expected to cause Max to dissipate quickly after landfall.

Max arrives a week after a powerful 8.1 magnitude quake shook southern Mexico, destroying buildings in the state of Oaxaca and killing at least 98 people nationwide. Governor Alejandro Murat said on Monday that aid distribution following the quake was complicated because of the mountainous terrain.

Max isn't the only storm causing concern in Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Norma formed Thursday about 395 miles (635 kilometers) south of the twin resorts of Los Cabos, at the southern tip of the peninsula.

Mexico is one of the countries most vulnerable to hurricanes because of its thousands of miles of coastline on both the Atlantic and Pacific and its proximity to the hurricane belt.

Vanessa Coleman

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