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Hurricane Boris Hits Mexico’s Southern Coast

Sun., June 30, 1996

Hurricane Boris walloped Mexico’s Pacific coast with 90-mph winds on Saturday, flooding the lobbies of seafront hotels and tossing fishing boats against the seawall in this popular resort city.

A 6-year-old boy was killed when a roof collapsed in a working-class neighborhood, the Red Cross said. A second person in Acapulco was reported missing, but no details were immediately available.

Boris - the second hurricane this week to slam Mexico’s Pacific coast - hit land about 60 miles northwest of Acapulco shortly before 10 a.m., the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The hurricane destroyed the homes of at least 100 people, downed trees and flung business signs into streets that were hubcab-deep in water.

Sheets of water blew off the ocean across the city’s seafront boulevard. Hotel employees with long-handled squeegees worked frantically to push seawater out of the open-air lobbies of luxury hotels.

No injuries were reported to tourists, who battened down in hotels, restaurants and bars, waiting until sunshine returned and they could return to the beaches.

“It just rained like crazy, and our electricity was out in the morning,” said Persha Carlston of Rochester, N.Y., in Acapulco to celebrate her 49th birthday. “But it didn’t stop our fun.”

Hurricane-force winds extended 25 miles from the storm’s center and tropical-storm-force winds for 115 miles. Five to 10 inches of rain were predicted, posing the risk of flash floods and mudslides.

The speed of the hurricane’s winds had doubled since Friday afternoon, but the storm weakened slightly Saturday as it drifted northwest along the coast at 12 mph.

A hurricane warning was in effect from Punta Maldonado to Manzanillo.

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