Some Mexicans evacuated as hurricane looms offshore

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - Mexican authorities have moved hundreds of people from isolated mountain communities and from low-lying shore areas, as Hurricane Raymond looms off the country's southern Pacific coast.

The area sustained widespread damage last month from floods and landslides set off by Tropical Storm Manuel.

Forecasters don't believe the center of Raymond will come ashore. But the storm is still threatening to push heavy rains over the region.

The governor of Guerrero state is urging people to stay off the streets today because of potentially dangerous rains.

Some streets are already flooded in Acapulco, where city workers reinforced roads with sand bags. In a neighboring town, a bridge was closed to traffic as a river began spilling over its banks.

Authorities in Guerrero, where Manuel caused about 120 deaths, set up hundreds of emergency shelters after the storm developed over the weekend.

The hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of about 115 miles an hour, has been nearly stationary this morning. Forecasters say it's expected to follow an erratic path over the next day.

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