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Storm floods Mexican ports

Tropical Storm Lane was close to hurricane strength Friday as it moved parallel to Mexico's Pacific coast.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 15, 2006

Tropical Storm Lane was close to hurricane strength Friday as it moved parallel to Mexico's Pacific coast.

Lane was following nearly the same path as Hurricane John, which raked Mexico's Pacific coast early this month before slamming into Baja California, killing five people and damaging 160 homes.

Some port cities were reporting flooding as the storm moved toward the tip of the Baja California Peninsula. In Lazaro Cardenas, more than 500 people were evacuated after a canal overflowed, according to government reports.

Mexico issued hurricane warnings for Islas Marias. A hurricane watch was posted on the Pacific coast from Manzanillo to La Cruz, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm was likely to become a hurricane later Friday, forecasters said. Wind gusts of 70 mph were recorded by Friday afternoon.

Lane was not expected to hit the United States.


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