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10,000 Mexican Families Affected by Hurricane Marie

August 26, 2014

Hurricane Marie, a Category 5 storm, affected 10,000 families in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, while three fishermen were reported missing in Baja California Sur state after their boat was capsized.

Oaxaca, Mexico Powerful Hurricane Marie kicked high swells along Mexico's northern Pacific coast on Monday, even as it weakened to a Category 4 storm. The US National Hurricane Center said it would likely raise dangerous waves along the Southern California coast this week.

The Miami-based Hurricane Center in Miami said that on Monday afternoon Marie had sustained winds of up to 135 mph and was located about 490 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. The storm was moving northwest at 13 mph.

Swells provoked by the storm were affecting much of Mexico's Pacific coast and the Hurricane Center warned of dangerous surf and rip current conditions.

Hurricane-force winds extended up to 60 miles away from the storm's center, with tropical storm-force winds reaching out to 310 miles.

Marie is expected to gradually weaken as it moves in a northwestwardly direction in the coming days, and could be downgraded to a tropical storm by Wednesday.

The southern Pacific coast state of Oaxaca requested federal disaster relief on Monday after about 10,000 homes were either damaged, flooded, or cut off by mudslides on the state's mountainous rural roads due to rains associated with Marie over the weekend. One man was injured in a mudslide but there were no reported deaths.

A boat carrying seven men capsized on Sunday in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, and reports have emerged that some of the fishermen are still missing.

"I have been informed that four of the seven fishermen were able to swim to shore. Unfortunately, we have three fishermen still missing," emergency management chief Wenceslao Petit Jacinto told reporters. "Search teams are trying to find the missing fishermen," Petit said.

The government of Baja California Sur, closer to the hurricane's current location, said it would cancel some classes in the resort cities of Los Cabos as a precautionary measure.

Swells generated by Marie are expected to reach Southern California by Tuesday, and could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents, as well as minor coastal flooding, the hurricane center in Miami said.