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Mexico: Tropical Storm Juliette Kills 1, Brings Damage


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Tropical Storm Juliette blew through the Pacific Mexican tourist resorts of Los Cabos and La Paz early on Thursday (August 29), killing one man, knocking down trees and causing electricity blackouts, local emergency services reported.

By mid-morning, Juliette had weakened as it moved along the west coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, about 130 km (80 miles) northwest of Cabo San Lazaro, with winds of 64 km (40 mph), the U.S. National Hurricane Centre said.

But the storm has left a trail of destruction, with local officials reporting one man was electrocuted in the storm and about 1,650 people had to be given shelter overnight.

Boats have also been called to dock along the Pacific Ocean side of the state but ferries connecting the mainland to Mexico's California Peninsula have not be affected.

"It's closed to navigation in San Jose, San Carlos, La Paz. On the gulf side, there will be no impact from the wind so the navigation of the ferries-- which is most important for supplying Baja (with food)-- will have no problems. Ferries can leave without any problem. There is stricter control on the small boats so that they won't be in accidents," said Captain Jose Luis Rios.

Mexican officials expect the worst of the store to be over, but local authorities were still checking the tourist state for damages.

Tropical Storm Juliette is expected to move west into the Pacific Ocean where it is predicted to weaken as it moves into cooler waters.

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