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Hurricane causes Mexico floods

Western Mexico faced localized flooding over the weekend but not severe damage as Hurricane Otis brushed the coastline.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIM0RE | October 2, 2005

Western Mexico faced localized flooding over the weekend but not severe damage as Hurricane Otis brushed the coastline.

Mexican officials expected about 1,000 people to evacuate as Hurricane Otis moved toward Mexico's resort city Cabo San Lucas.

Forecasters were calling for heavy rain, gusting wind, and potential flash floods. Many residents on the outskirts of Cabo San Lucas live in wood and corrugated metal homes. Officials there opened 14 shelters and called for voluntary evacuations.

Landfall was not expected until Sunday night in a sparsely populated desert area, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Otis was a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday.

The system will bring rain to parts of western Texas and southern Arizona early next week.


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