Mexico: Hurricane Nora weakens to tropical storm after torrential rains and heavy winds

Hurricane Nora, which has now weakened to a tropical storm, killed one boy over the weekend in Mexico after torrential rains and heavy winds caused a building in the popular resort town Puerto Vallarta to partially collapse.

In Puerto Vallarta, a river burst, destroying a bridge, flooding roads and bringing a building to collapse, reports said.

Earlier, Nora was a Category 1 hurricane, the lowest rating on a five-step scale.

The dead body of a minor was recovered from a partially collapsed hotel, Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro said on Twitter. It was not immediately clear whether the second person that had also been missing, a woman, had been located.

“This tragedy was caused by the partial collapse of a hotel in downtown Puerto Vallarta, due to the overflow of the Cuale River,” Alfaro wrote.

“To his family, who came to our port from Spain 7 years ago, and to his loved ones, all our support and our deepest condolences. R.I.P.”

Forecasters said Nora would move north-northwest until Tuesday, then shift northwest.

“Gradual weakening is forecast during the couple of days as the center moves roughly parallel to the coast of Mexico,” Miami-based NHC said.

“However, rapid weakening will likely occur if the center moves inland sooner than forecast.”

Nora will likely produce additional heavy rainfall along the west coast of Mexico from the states of Jalisco to Sonora through late week, the NHC said.

It could also produce life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides, as well as storm surge and large waves.