Tropical Storm expected to hit Mexico

CABO SAN LUCAS — Officials closed schools and readied emergency shelters as Tropical Storm Patricia neared Mexico’s Los Cabos resorts Tuesday.

The storm’s winds weakened to 50 mph on Tuesday afternoon, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Further weakening was expected during the next 24 hours.

The storm was located about 85 miles south-southeast of the tourist-heavy tip of the Baja peninsula and it was moving toward the north at near 7 mph.

In Cabo San Lucas, tourists awoke to cloudy skies and intermittent rain Tuesday as hotel workers began putting away beach furniture and shutting down all open-air activities.

“The beach is empty and there is little activity at our pool area because tourists are staying in their rooms,” said Casa Dorada Hotel general manager Victor Gomez. “Unfortunately for the tourist, the entertainment options have been limited but we hope to be back to normal by tomorrow or Thursday.”

Cabo San Lucas Civil Protection Director Franciso Cota said authorities are ready to evacuate people living in areas at risk of flooding.

Baja California Sur’s state government announced that all schools at all levels were closed Tuesday and it said officials were preparing 159 shelters in case of evacuations.

Mexico’s government declared a tropical storm warning for the southern portion of the desert peninsula, including Cabo San Lucas.

Forecasters said it could dump 1 to 3 inches of rain on the region.