Max threatens earthquake-hit area of Mexico with torrential rain

Hurricane Max Forecast to hit Southern Mexico Near Acapulco

Land interaction is expected to cause Max to dissipate quickly after landfall. According to The Associated Press, it was a tropical storm before strengthening to a Category 1 hurricane near the southern Pacific coast of the country. Even as it weakens, however, it could still bring tropical moisture to areas from coastal Michoacan to southern Oaxaca.

Hurricane Max, a Category 1 hurricane, touched down on Mexico's west coast on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, bearing down on a region popular with tourists that includes resorts like Acapulco, Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. Maximum amounts in excess of 20 inches are possible over coastal areas of Guerrero.

Although less intense rain is expected in these for southern Oaxaca, any longer stretches of rain could hinder any cleanup efforts going on in the region following the 8.1 magnitude quake that happened just off shore last week. Max's arrival could bring up to six inches in some places, according to AccuWeather, making it more hard to efficiently clean up areas affected by the quake and could potentially cause destruction in the form of flooding or landslides.

However, after it slammed into Mexico's southern Pacific coast yesterday, September 14, Hurricane Max has now been downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to dissipate early today, September 15.

"Norma is likely to become a hurricane as it churns in the warm waters of the East Pacific" said Travis.

The Category One storm barreled into southwestern Guerrero state and is expected to pour heavy rain on neighbouring Oaxaca, still suffering the effects of a massive natural disaster last week.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Norma formed in the Pacific on Thursday, according to the NHC.

Even without a landfall, the southern and western coasts of the Baja could experience rough surf and rip currents into next week.

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