Mexico City – The passage of Hurricane Beatriz, which was only briefly a hurricane off Mexico's Pacific coast, resulted in three deaths, one person missing and heavy flooding in the southern state of Guerrero.
Acapulco, one of Mexico's most popular tourist centers, was the town in Guerrero that was most affected by the tempest, which on Sunday became the second tropical storm of the Pacific hurricane season and worsened into a hurricane on Monday, but by midday on Wednesday had weakened to a tropical storm again.
State Gov. Angel Aguirre Rivero reported that three people were killed by the storm, one is missing and a number of homes were damaged in Amatillo, on the outskirts of Acapulco.
The three deaths occurred when those people fell into a septic tank due to a fault in its construction and drowned. One person fell in at first and another went into the water trying to rescue him, and the third person died when he, too, tried to help the others.
In Acapulco, a 16-year-old boy was reported missing after a rain-swollen river swept him away as he was trying to cross it.
In its 2100 GMT report, Mexico's weather service said Beatriz was still packing winds of 95 kph (60 mph) and was gradually moving away from the Mexican coast, but it added that the storm could still bring heavy rains and high winds to some areas.