Tropical Storm Carlos hits Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Acapulco coast

MEXICO CITY – Tropical Storm Carlos brought rain and wind to the Pacific coast near the Mexican resort of Manzanillo on Wednesday, after losing its hurricane status overnight. Areas affected include .

On Wednesday, the centre of the storm was about 10 miles (20 kilometres) south of Playa Perula in Jalisco state, and about 75 miles (125 kilometres) south-southeast of Cabo Corrientes. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and was moving north-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph).

Forecasters with the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was expected to continue weakening Wednesday into Thursday and likely would dissipate Friday.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes. The hurricane centre said the storm would cross over land somewhere in the warning area on Wednesday and then move over the western coast of Mexico.

Rainfall of 1 inch to 3 inches is expected in some areas, with potential flash floods and slides. Forecasters also said swells would continue to affect the southwestern Mexican coast.

Some coastal towns closed their schools and small boats were ordered off the sea near the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta. At least one cruise ship cancelled a port call planned for Wednesday, port official Odilon Garcia Castillon said by phone from the Pacific Coast city.


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