ACAPULCO, Mexico — Raymond weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm today and began moving away from Mexico’s Pacific coast, granting relief to a region devastated by storms last month.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Raymond’s maximum sustained winds decreased to near 65 mph with additional weakening possible over the next few days. At its peak, the storm was a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph that threatened to collide with the Mexican coast.
While Raymond failed to produce the sort of torrential rains inflicted by Tropical Storm Manuel last month, authorities were taking no chances following criticism of their preparations for the earlier storm, which caused more than $1.7 billion in damage and about 120 deaths. Some 10,000 people are still homeless. Still the storm flooded streets in low-lying parts of Acapulco and other areas, and some homes wrecked by Manuel were once again flooded.