MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials on Mexico's storm-struck Pacific coast braced Sunday night for the possibility of heavy rains with the arrival of fast-moving Tropical Storm Sonia, which was projected to hit the mainland by early Monday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sonia was centered about 115 miles (190 kilometers) south-southwest of Culicacan and 115 miles (185 kilometers) east of the tip of the Baja California late Sunday.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph), down some from earlier in the evening. It was heading north-northeast at 17 mph (28 kph).
Sonia could weaken some before coming ashore, and was likely to dissipate rapidly once over land, the center said.
Ismael Checa Landeros, civil defense director for Sinaloa, the state in the storm's path, said it was likely to hit near Culiacan, Navolato and Elota, all areas hit in September by Hurricane Manuel.
The government of Sinaloa state said school classes were canceled for Monday in five municipalities that could be affected by the storm. Sixty shelters were being opened in case anyone had to evacuate their homes.
Checa said officials were on alert but had not yet decided if anyone would need to be evacuated.
In the resort town of Los Cabos in Baja California, officials opened a shelter for possible evacuees and said the port had been closed to small craft.
The U.S. hurricane center said the storm could produce up to 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) of rainfall in Sinaloa and Durango states, with isolated areas getting as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters).
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Hundreds of workers, politicians and residents of Chautauqua County rallied in Dunkirk calling on state regulators to approve plans for NRG to convert and reopen a power plant.
Buffalo police homicide detectives have identified an Eggertsville man who was shot and killed early Saturday morning.
Seventy-two years after the attack that launched the US into World War II, Western New Yorkers remembered the fatal day at Pearl Harbor Hawaii.
Volunteers at Buffalo’s Salvation Army created holiday cards and gift bags for the seniors at the Golden Age Center.
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan of South Buffalo and charged him with pushing Russ Ross to his death.
The abandoned puppy in the Town of Evans was actually turned in by the dog's owner.