CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Juliette blew down trees and power lines as it blasted across the tourist resorts at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, causing at least one death, officials said Thursday.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds decreased to near 40 mph (65 kph) near midday after hitting 50 mph (85 kph) overnight. It was centered about 95 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Cabo San Lazaro, but it was projected to weaken and curve away from land, into the Pacific.
The storm flooded low-lying areas and collapsed at least one house, according to civil defense officials.
Much of the area is without power, including the communities of Todos Santos and Pescadero, as well as parts of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, according to state Civil Protection head Carlos Enriquez Rincon. Firefighters reported helping various people trapped in their cars on flooded streets.
Municipal police commander Martin Espinoza said one man died because of an electrical shock in a neighborhood where people commonly draw power with jury-rigged, illegal taps into electricity lines.
Emergency workers went door to door urging people in high-risk areas to go to shelters, but many refused.
The storm was expected to lose tropical storm force.