Report: Hurricane Beatriz Hits Mexico Tourism Areas

Newstimes.com is reporting that Hurricane Beatriz hit Mexico's Pacific coast with heavy rains and winds early Tuesday. According to the report, one tourist was injured when a tree fell on him in Acapulco.

Authorities closed the ports of Acapulco, Manzanillo and Zihuatanejo and urged hotel owners to tell guests not to go to the beach.

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Beatriz's winds grew to a hurricane-force 90 mph (150 kph) early Tuesday and the storm was moving near or over the coast of Mexico overnight. Beatriz was forecast to move away from the coast by late Tuesday.

The Mexican government issued a red alert for areas around the resort city of Manzanillo. Other warnings were issued from the resort city of Zihuatanejo northwest to Cabo Corrientes. Watches went out for other parts of the coast, including southern Mexican states.

According to CNN, the hurricane was expected to create "storms, strong winds, high waves and intense to torrential rains in (the states) of Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero," Mexico's National Meteorology Service said. Flooding and mudslides were possible, the service said.

Tourist hotspots including Acapulco and Zihuatanejo were among those seeing effects of the storm, where 6-12 inches of rain were predicted, according to CNN. Beatriz had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph) with higher gusts, the hurricane center reported.

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