Hurricane Raymond menaces Mexico’s Pacific coast
By Ed Payne, CNN
October 21, 2013 — Updated 0641 GMT (1441 HKT)
Tropical Storm Raymond brings cloudy skies to Acapulco, Mexico, on Sunday, before it strengthened to a hurricane.
(CNN) — Nearly a major hurricane, Raymond churned off the southern Pacific Coast of Mexico, threatening major tourist destinations.The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a hurricane warning for Tecpan de Galeana to Lazaro Cardenas. The warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected in the next 36 hours. A hurricane watch is in place from Acapulco to Tecpan de Galeana.Raymond was 165 miles west-southwest of Acapulco. It had maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, with higher gusts, and was moving north at 4 mph. At 111 mph, a tropical storm becomes a major hurricane.”Additional strengthening is expected during the next day or so,” forecasters said, “and Raymond could become a major hurricane at any time.”The storm is forecast to slowly close on the coast through Tuesday. It’s expected to take a sharp turn west before it has a chance to reach land, the hurricane center said.Raymond is forecast to dump heavy rain along the south-central coast of Mexico, with between 2 to 4 inches and up to 8 over the state of Guerrero. The area was hit hard by another storm in September.The previous storm, Manuel, triggered deadly mudslides and left about 40,000 tourists stranded in Acapulco, a popular tourist destination.0Comments »
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