Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Holidaymakers urged to find shelter as Hurricane Beatriz lashes Mexico's Pacific coast - 21st June 2011

Hurricane Beatriz hit holiday resorts on Mexico's Pacific coast today with heavy rainfall and 90mph winds forcing tourists to take shelter in their hotels.

Beatriz had been expected to move out to sea, but switched direction overnight, developing from a tropical storm into a full blown hurricane as it headed back towards land.

The U.S. State Department issued a message urging its citizens to find shelter, monitor media reports and follow official instructions.

The ports of Acapulco, Manzanillo and Zihuatanejo were closed as hotel owners were urged to tell guests not to go to the beach.

One tourist has been injured when a tree fell on him in Acapulco.

About 150 Mexican soldiers were deployed on a rescue mission in case homes needed to be evacuated in Acapulco, the Mexican army said late Monday.

Carmen Lopez, a 40-year-old Mexican tourist holidaying in Manzanillo with about 15 family members said: 'There's a lot of wind.

'I'm kind of scared ... but we're staying here in the hotel for our vacation.'

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Beatriz's winds grew to a hurricane-force 90 mph this morning as the storm moved towards the coast. Read More