Hurricane Carlotta nears resorts on Mexican coast
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Carlotta grew into a powerful Category 2 hurricane on Friday as it neared Mexico's southern Pacific coast, where it is expected to brush the resort town of Puerto Escondido and then lash Acapulco.
Authorities in Oaxaca state opened emergency shelters, evacuated dozens of families from low-lying areas and tourists began leaving Puerto Escondido, a laid-back port popular with surfers. Rains were already hammering Puerto Escondido and authorities said winds had toppled hundreds of trees in the region.
"The thinner trees are beginning to fold from the wind," said Oscar Trujillo, owner of the La Casita restaurant in Puerto Escondido.
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