September 4, 2006

At least three killed in Mexico by Hurricane John

LA PAZ, Mexico (Reuters) - At least three people, including
one Briton, were killed when Hurricane John slammed into
Mexico's Baja California peninsula, authorities said on Monday.

Three other people are missing after the passage of John,
which has been downgraded to a tropical depression, and is now
off the west coast of Baja California state and dumping rains
on southern U.S. States. But the storm is no longer a major

A British tourist was found drowned on the west coast of
Baja California Sur state after his camper trailer was dragged
away by a flooding river, the state government said.

The two other dead were Mexicans who also drowned when they
were swept away by swollen rivers in separate accidents.

John blasted this tourist port city of La Paz late Friday
and over the weekend with wicked winds and torrential rain that
knocked out power and flooded streets.

It also sent tourists fleeing in the elegant seaside resort
of Los Cabos, further to the west on the tip of the Baja

Hundreds of vacationers, mainly from the United States,
took flights home early and others holed up in hotel shelters
as the storm threatened to hit the resort head on.

But it veered away from Los Cabos just before making
landfall, and only flooded roads as muddy rainwater and debris
from surrounding hills poured down unpaved streets.