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Mexico: Hurricane Max makes landfall in Guerrero


Fishermen take their boats out of the sea in anticipation of the arrival of hurricane Max in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico on September 14, 2017. Hurricane Max formed off the southwestern coast of Mexico on Thursday, triggering warnings of life-threatening storm conditions for a long stretch of coastal communities including the resort city of Acapulco, forecasters said. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO ROBLES

Mexico City: Hurricane Max has made landfall in Mexico’s Guerrero state, weather officials said.  The Category 1 hurricane, which has sustained winds of 130 kph, made landfall at around 4 p.m. on Thursday evening near the town of Pico del Monte, reports Efe news.

Max was located roughly 90 km east-southeast of Acapulco and moving eastward at 13 kph, according to the latest bulletin.  The storm is bringing heavy rains, strong winds and storm surge to Guerrero, Oaxaca and Michoacan states.  Max has the potential to dump as much as 250 mm of rain in parts of Guerrero, according to the national weather service, which forecast that the system would weaken to a tropical storm by  Friday morning.

Oaxaca was the state hardest hit by the 8.2-magnitude earthquake that rocked southern Mexico on September 7. So far, 98 people have been confirmed dead.  The national emergency management office has advised people living along the coast and marine interests to prepare for the storm.  Max is the 13th storm of the 2017 Pacific hurricane season.  On September 1, Tropical Storm Lidia made landfall on the Baja California Peninsula, killing seven people and causing extensive flooding and infrastructure damage.