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1st Hurricane of 2022, Agatha Heads for Mexico Tourist Towns

Hurricane Agatha off the Pacific Coast of Mexico on May 29. 

Hurricane Agatha off the Pacific Coast of Mexico on May 29. 

Source: NOAA
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Mexico City (AP) -- The first hurricane of the season formed off Mexico’s southern Pacific coast Sunday and rapidly gained power ahead of an expected strike along a stretch of tourist beaches and fishing towns as a major storm.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Agatha was expected to make landfall as a powerful Category 3 hurricane Monday afternoon or evening in the area near Puerto Escondido and Puerto Angel in the southern state of Oaxaca — a region that includes the laid-back tourist resorts of Huatulco, Mazunte and Zipolite.