Six fishermen missing as Nora hits Mexico

Six fishermen have been reported missing at sea as Hurricane Nora churns up the Mexico’s Pacific coastline toward the Gulf of California, unleashing floods and landslides, and cutting roads in some areas.

Rescue teams are searching for the fishermen, who left port in Guerrero state on Wednesday, Admiral Julio Cesar Pescina of the Mexican navy said on Sunday.

Communities in other coastal states, including Michoacan and Colima y Jalisco, also experienced heavy rain and rough conditions as the Category 1 hurricane moved north. The state government in Jalisco said flooding damaged 500 homes and that two people were injured in a landslide.

On Sunday, firefighters and other emergency workers worked to drain water that had flooded some streets in the centre of Puerto Vallarta, a tourist destination.

Nora had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), with tropical storm force winds extending out 105 miles (165 kilometres). It was near Mazatlan early Sunday afternoon and heading north-northwest at 10 mph (17 kph).

The US National Hurricane Center said Nora was likely to keep dragging along the coast and gradually weaken before entering the Gulf of California.

The storm was predicted to keep moving north up the gulf, diminishing to a tropical depression and heading inland toward the Arizona border region.

The storm’s remnants could bring heavy rains by midweek to the US Southwest and central Rockies, the hurricane centre said.

The centre said some areas along the west coast of Mexico could see rainfall totals from 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimetres) with even more in some spots.

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