Tropical Storm Beatriz approaches Mexico coast

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 20, 2011 9:18 AM
Tropical Storm Beatriz approaches Mexico coast

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Beatriz, the second named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, should become a hurricane late Monday as it heads toward tourist beaches, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Monday.

Rainbands from the storm are lashing land and a hurricane warning is in effect for the Mexican coast north from the tourist town of Zihuatanejo to La Fortuna, the center said.

The storm should brush the coast at hurricane strength on Monday night or Tuesday morning causing some isolated flash flooding and landslides, according to the center.

Beatriz was 140 miles southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico and headed northwest at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph according to a report at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT).

Mexico has no oil installations in the Pacific but its coast is dotted with beach resorts popular with U.S. tourists.

Hurricane Adrian, which formed earlier this month and left no damage, was the first hurricane of the 2011 Pacific season.

(Reporting by Patrick Rucker)