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Tropical Storm Abates in Tabasco

As Larry weakens, two hurricanes off Mexico's western coast move into the spotlight.

October 06, 2003|From Associated Press

SANCHEZ MAGALLANES, Mexico — Tropical Storm Larry lost strength Sunday as it moved south across Tabasco state, while attention turned to two hurricanes threatening the Pacific coast.

Hurricane Olaf late Sunday was located 110 miles southwest of Manzanillo and was expected to move north, parallel to the coastline.

The Mexican government issued a hurricane warning for the Pacific coast as Olaf packed winds of 75 mph. Officials canceled classes and opened shelters in Puerto Vallarta, one of several resorts bracing for rain from the storms.

Hurricane Nora was west of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, a region that is still recovering from two hurricanes that hit in recent weeks. Both storms were heading toward the resort of Cabo San Lucas, and forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami predicted they would begin to collide around midweek before hitting land.

Tropical Storm Larry, meanwhile, came ashore at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico early Sunday and faded to a tropical depression as it crept south.

Tabasco authorities supplied shelter, food and water to 498 people forced from their homes, but the state reported no storm-related deaths or serious injuries.

Heavy rains tapered off in the afternoon in the state capital, Villahermosa.

The storm had been strong enough Sunday morning that Alicia Tejera left her home in Malatinero before dawn for a public shelter carrying a 2-day-old child in her arms.

"I risked going out with my son, and it was worth it," Tejera said.

Larry turned the fishing village of Isla Paraiso into a ghost town, with water standing 3 feet deep in some houses. It dumped more than 8 inches of rain on Ciudad del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula in one 24-hour period, Mexico's National Meteorological Service reported.

Heavy rains from Larry still could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, the U.S. hurricane center warned.

The Mexican government's hurricane warning was in effect from Punta San Telmo to San Blas, and a broader storm warning covered the coast from San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas.

Hurricane Nora's winds reached 105 mph over the weekend, although the hurricane was expected to weaken as it turns toward the coast.

Hurricane Kate, meanwhile, was in the Atlantic far from land, but weakening, with winds dropping from 115 mph to 90 mph.

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