Carlotta Loses Hurricane Strength After Mexico Landfall
Carlotta, the second hurricane of the Eastern Pacific season, weakened to a tropical depression over the mountains of southern Mexico after producing mudslides that killed two girls.
Carlotta, with winds of 35 miles (55 kilometers) per hour, was about 50 miles north-northeast of Acapulco, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at 11 a.m. New York time, the most recent posting. The system was moving west- northwest at 12 mph.
The storm, which has dropped below the hurricane threshold of 74 mph winds, lost strength as its center moved across the coast, disrupted by the mountainous landscape. Carlotta made landfall last night near Puerto Escondido.
Mudslides set off by Carlotta killed two girls, aged 7 and 13, as it passed through the southern state of Oaxaca, state civil protection spokesman Miguel Manzano said in a telephone interview from Oaxaca City.
The heavy rains collapsed roofs on some homes and the state opened shelters for families who had to evacuate, Manzano said.
While the storm will further weaken in the next 48 hours, it was still capable of producing wind gusts and storm surge, which should gradually diminish today, according to the NHC.
Mexico’s government withdrew its tropical storm warning west of Punta Maldonado to Acapulco.
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