Jill Colton, staff writer
June 22, 2011 — Beatriz's brush with the Mexican coast Tuesday proved fatal; the tropical storm has dissipated.
Forecasters say the mountainous terrain of the Mexican coast likely interfered with the storm's circulation, causing it to rapidly fall apart throughout the day Tuesday.
Beatriz had stregthened into a Category 1 hurricane as it brushed Mexico's resort-packed Pacific coast with heavy rain and powerful winds. Sustained winds clocked in at around 150 km/h early Tuesday morning.
Authorities closed the ports of Acapulco, Manzanillo and Zihuatenejo. Hotel owners were urged to tell guests not to go to the beach. On Monday, one tourist was injured when a tree fell on him in Acapulco.
Several homes were also flooded and cars swept out to sea.
Beatriz was downgraded to a tropical storm by the afternoon hours on Tuesday.
The Government of Mexico discontinued the hurricane warning from La Fortuna to Cabo Corrientes.
Officials say there is still a risk for flash floods and mudslides in some areas, but heavy rains associated with Beatriz are expected to taper off over the next day.
Tropical Storm Beatriz initially brought choppy seas and cloudy skies to Acapulco, the popular tourist destination in Mexico Monday.
Beatriz is the second named storm of the hurricane season in the eastern north Pacific.
The first hurricane of the season, Adrian, fizzled out.
Forecasters predict 14 storms in the Pacific this hurricane season.
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With files from Andrea Stockton