Andres Weakens To Depression, Back Out To Sea

Thursday, June 25th 2009, 9:58 am
By: News On 6

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – The remnants of Tropical Storm Andres were dissipating over the Pacific on Wednesday after flooding homes and killing at least one person on Mexico's southwestern coast.

Andres briefly flared up into the Eastern Pacific season's first hurricane Tuesday, skirting the coast south of the tourist resort of Puerto Vallarta.

The storm had wind strength of near 30 mph (45 kph) and was expected to dissipate by Wednesday night as it moves further out to sea, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

At 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT, 1800 GMT), the storm was centered about 145 miles (230 kilometers) northwest of Cabo Corrientes and 175 miles (285 kilometers) southeast of the tip of Baja California, and moving to the northwest about 15 mph (24 kmh).

To the south, rain caused flooding Monday in the resort of Acapulco that forced about 200 people to evacuate their homes. A fisherman drowned when choppy currents overturned his boat in a lagoon in Tecpan de Galeana, between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo, a state police report said.

A light rain fell Tuesday night in Puerto Vallarta as tourists emptied beaches and retreated to hotel restaurants. Port authorities said the arrival of a Carnival cruise ship was rescheduled from Wednesday to July 1.

Late Sunday, Andres became the first named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season, which began May 15 and ends Nov. 30. It was the latest arrival of a named storm in 40 years.


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