Pacific season’s 1st hurricane makes landfall in Mexico

This satellite image made available by NOAA shows Hurricane Agatha off the Pacific coast of Oaxaca state, Mexico on Monday, May 30, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. EDT. (NOAA via AP)

MEXICO CITY (AP) – The strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in May in the eastern Pacific has swept ashore on a stretch of tourist beaches and fishing towns in southern Mexico.

Torrential rains and howling winds whipped palm trees and drove tourists and residents into shelters at the approach of Hurricane Agatha.

The storm formed Sunday and quickly gained power. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says it made landfall as a strong Category 2 hurricane Monday afternoon about 5 miles west of Puerto Angel in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca.

That region includes the laid-back tourist resorts of Huatulco, Mazunte and Zipolite. Agatha had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.

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