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Beatriz weakens to tropical storm

    A family prepares to leave Miramar beach after having a picnic before the arrival of Tropical Storm Beatriz in the Pacific resort city of Manzanillo, Mexico, Monday June 20, 2011. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Beatriz is expected to become a hurricane Monday night or early Tuesday, brushing over Mexico's southwestern coast later that day before heading back out to sea. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

MIAMI >> Beatriz is losing steam and has weakened to a tropical storm after pounding the Pacific coast of southwest Mexico as a hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the government of Mexico on Tuesday discontinued a hurricane warning from La Fortuna to Cabo Corrientes.

Beatriz’s maximum sustained winds have dropped to near 70 mph. It is now about 95 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes and moving west into the Pacific at near 14 mph.

Beatriz’s center is expected to move farther from land Tuesday and will continue weakening over the next 48 hours.

Hurricane Beatriz  came ashore at resort beaches on Mexico’s Pacific coast Monday as a category 1 storm with sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

Manzanillo authorities closed their port and officials sent out recommendations to hotels to tell guests not to go to the beach. But many tourists were hanging out at the beach anyway on Monday afternoon.

“There’s a lot of wind,” said Carmen Lopez, a 40-year-old Mexican tourist vacationing in Manzanillo with about 15 family members from Guadalajara, three hours’ drive inland. “I’m kind of scared … but we’re staying here in the hotel for our vacation.”

The Esquivias family of Concord, California, which arrived Monday for their vacation, said they weren’t worried about an impending hurricane at all.

“A lot of people are saying it isn’t true,” said Sandra Esquivias, 15.

In Acapulco, the ports were closed. Some avenues in the touristic district were flooded because of the heavy rains. Some trees fell and parked vehicles piled up after the floods made them float.


Associated Press writers Sergio Flores in Acapulco and Jonathan M. Katz and Adriana Gomez Licon in Mexico City contributed to this story.


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