Hurricane Max forms off Mexico's southwestern coast: forecasters

Frederick Owens
September 15, 2017

Max's maximum sustained winds decreased to 70 miles per hour (113 km per hour) on Thursday evening, and the storm was about 80 miles (129 km) east of Acapulco, the National Hurricane Center in Florida said.

"These rainfall amounts may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides", the NHC said.

Currently, there is a hurricane warning for Zihuatanejo to Punta Maldonado, a tropical storm warning for East of Punta Maldonado to Lagunas de Chacahua, and a hurricane watch is in effect for east of Punta Maldonado to Lagunas de Chacahua.

Once Max makes landfall it would likely weaken as a result of mountainous terrain.

Directly in its path is the tourist city of Acapulco, where persistent rain and strong winds kept vacationers away from beaches in advance of the hurricane, according to local television reports.

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The storm is bad news for Acapulco as tourists prepare to travel to the city to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day this weekend.

Five to 10 inches are expected to fall over the Mexican states. Max's arrival could bring up to six inches in some places, according to AccuWeather, making it more hard to efficiently clean up areas affected by the natural disaster and could potentially cause destruction in the form of flooding or landslides.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Norma formed in the Pacific on Thursday, according to the NHC.

Norma was located about 395 miles (635 kilometers) south of the twin resorts of Los Cabos at the peninsula's southern tip.

Tropical Storm Norma had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and was on track to become a hurricane Monday as it passes west of Los Cabos, which was also hit by Tropical Storm Lidia earlier this month. On that track Norma could be at hurricane strength just west of Los Cabos by Monday.

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