Mexico City (TeleSUR) – The rainfall could cause “life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.”

Hurricane Max has made landfall off the southwestern coast of Mexico, triggering warnings of life-threatening storm conditions for a long stretch of coastal communities including the resort city of Acapulco.

The Category One storm forced authorities to declare a hurricane warning along Mexico’s coast stretching from Zihuatanejo to Punta Maldonado.

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It has brought maximum sustained winds of 129 kilometers per hour and was moving east at 13 kph from Acapulco.

Heavy rain and flood warnings have been issued in the southern coastal states of Guerrero and Oaxaca.

Both states are forecast to receive five to 12.7 to 25.4 centimeters of rain, with some areas receiving more than 20 inches.

Max will likely be downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday evening.

Max arrives a week after a powerful 8.1-magnitude quake shook southern Mexico, destroying thousands of buildings in the state of Oaxaca and killing at least 98 people nationwide.

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The Mexican Interior Ministry says about 2.3 million people in more than 4,000 rural communities are now known to have been affected by the quake on Oaxaca and Chiapas.

It said, “About 10 percent of them remain in provisional shelters while the rest are living outside of their homes…because they are protecting their goods from robbery, and because they are waiting to be registered on the official census so they will be entitled to help.”

This post was originally written for and published by TeleSUR English.




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