Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hurricane Andres roars, one dead

"On the forecast track, Andres will continue passing very close to or over the coast of southwestern Mexico today," the NHC said, adding that hurricane force winds extended outward up to 15 miles from the center, and coastal flooding and dangerous waves were possible in the area.

SHOOT: And so it begins.
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Andres, the first cyclone of the eastern Pacific season, pounded western Mexico on Tuesday after sweeping a fisherman to his death and flooding streets in Acapulco.

Andres blew into a category one hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph as it moved north and neared the shore, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

The storm was around 65 miles southwest of the port and resort town of Manzanillo. It was set to brush the coast before heading back out to sea and losing strength on Wednesday.

On Monday, Andres caused heavy rains that flooded parts of Acapulco, and a man in his mid-thirties was swept away to his death by a wave as he stood waist-deep in the sea in a nearby town fishing with a line.

"He was dragged away," said an emergency services spokesman for the surrounding state of Guerrero.

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