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Carlotta kills two before weakening

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Carlotta was downgraded to a tropical depression as the system rapidly weakened after killing two young sisters in its march across southern Mexico.

The National Weather Service's National Hurricane Centre in Miami said yesterday that the government of Mexico had discontinued all watches and warnings for Carlotta, which reached hurricane strength on Friday.

Carlotta yesterday pushed northward towards the resort city of Acapulco after making landfall near the Mexican beach town of Puerto Escondido in the southernmost part of Oaxaca state, where it toppled trees and shook tourist hotels.

"We don't care about the rain, we're going to have fun at the club," said tourist Alejandra Flores, who took a bus with a friend yesterday from Guadalajara to Acapulco.

Earlier Friday, Carlotta had toppled billboards and shattered some windows in Puerto Escondido, a laid-back port popular with surfers, where it reached land as a Category One hurricane.

Mudslide deaths

Civil protection service spokeswoman Cynthia Tovar said Saturday that two sisters, aged 13 and seven, died Friday in the Oaxaca state community of Pluma Hidalgo when a mudslide collapsed their home.

The storm also washed out some coastal roads, leaving dozens of communities unreachable by land. Thousands of people throughout the state lost electricity and cellular phone service.

Carlotta had strengthened into a powerful Category Two hurricane earlier Friday and forecasters had expected it to move northward parallel to the coastline, possibly reaching Acapulco as a hurricane. But instead it moved inland and weakened.