Posted by Les from 18.104.22.168 (fargdslgw1poolC182.farg.uswest.net) on miércoles, septiembre 25, 2002 at 21:24:33 :
In Reply to: tropical breezes posted by ZihuaRob from 22.214.171.124 (dup-200-65-89-52.prodigy.net.mx) on miércoles, septiembre 25, 2002 at 19:57:16 :
18:00 PDT ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) --
Tropical Storm Julio formed in the Pacific on Wednesday and lashed the resort city of Acapulco with heavy rains as it churned just off the coast.
Julio-related downpours triggered flash-flooding that damaged or completely destroyed 100 homes in Acapulco and in the beachfront community of Zihuatanejo, 125 miles (200 kilometers) to the northwest, civil authorities said in a statement.
Mexico issued a tropical storm warning from Zihuatanejo to Punta San Telmo and declared a tropical storm watch from Punta San Telmo north to Manzanillo, another resort city.
By Wednesday night, Julio was located just off the port city of Lazaro Cardenas, 65 miles (105 kilometers) west-northwest of Zihuatanejo. It was expected to pick up strength as it skirted the coast through the night and into early Thursday.
On the outskirts of the silver-mining city of Taxco, 95 miles (150 kilometers) inland from Acapulco, a school bus carrying 40 children flipped over on a two-lane mountain highway, killing three students and injuring 18 others.
Investigators said rains provoked by Julio played a major role in the crash but that the bus driver was also speeding. The driver fled the scene and was wanted for questioning, police said Wednesday night.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles (140 kilometers) from the center, and Julio was expected to dump 10 to 15 inches (25 to 39 centimeters) of rain on coastal communities, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, reported.
"These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides," the center said in a bulletin about Julio.
Our prayers are with you's also tonight.
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