Hurricane Beatriz on Mexican coast
June 21st, 2011
10:08 AM ET

Hurricane Beatriz on Mexican coast

Hurricane Beatriz made contact Mexico's resort-laden Pacific coast Tuesday, setting off warnings for a 360-mile (575-kilometer) stretch of coastline.

The Category-1 storm, however, was moving away from the coast, heading northwest at 13 mph (20 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center. As of Tuesday morning, Beatriz was about 50 miles northwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, though its effects were felt up and down the coast, even outside of the hurricane warning area, where rough waves were a concern.

The hurricane was expected to create "storms, strong winds, high waves and intense to torrential rains in (the states) of Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero," Mexico's National Meteorology Service said.

Flooding and mudslides were possible, the service said.

Tourist hotspots including Acapulco and Zihuatanejo were among those seeing effects of the storm, where 6-12 inches of rain were predicted.

Beatriz had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph) with higher gusts, the hurricane center reported.

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