Pacific storm brushes southwest coast of Mexico, with heavy mountain rains, intense surf and some flooding
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Hurricane Beatriz was downgraded to a tropical storm that is now veering away from the coastline of Mexico, but not before brushing a long stretch of mountains and beaches with high winds, powerful surf and heavy rain.
Waves as big as 10 to 13 feet crashed ashore along the coast of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco, and Mexican new agencies were reporting some flooding in the mountains and along the coast.
As of Tuesday evening (June 21), the National Hurricane Center reported that Beatriz had dissipated, losing any defined surface circulation. The remnants of the storm were moving away from land with winds dropping down to about 30 mph.
Heavy rains lingered in some parts of southwestern Mexico, but should diminish during the next 24 hours. Many tourists in beach communities like Manzanillo stayed put in hotels as the storm moved northward along the coast.
USA Today reported on the hurricane’s impacts here.
Story and photos from Reuters here.
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