New storm forms off Mexico; toll in earlier storm hits 11

Power lines collapsed by Hurricane Earl hinder traffic flow on the road from Flores, in the northern Guatemalan border state with Belize, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. Earl deteriorated to a weak tropical storm Thursday as it passed over northern Guatemala en route to southern Mexico. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Javier formed off Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, even as the death toll from last week’s Hurricane Earl grew to 11.

Javier had sustained winds of about 45 mph (75 kph) and was located about 55 miles (90 kilometers) west-southwest of Manzanillo. The storm was moving west-northwest at about 10 miles per hour.

Forecasters said Javier should pass over or near the coast and then near the resort-dotted southern portion of the Baja California Peninsula on Monday.

Heavy rains of between 4 and 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) were expected, along with high winds. A tropical storm warning was in effect from Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes. A tropical storm watch is in effect from the southern part of the Baja California peninsula to Santa Fe.

Javier arrives in the wake of Earl, which was briefly a hurricane before hitting Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula, dumping rain and triggering deadly landslides across parts of eastern Mexico.

The governor of the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, said Sunday that 10 people had died in landslides in the towns of Cocomatepec, Tequila and Huayacocotla. Officials earlier reported six dead.

Also Sunday, officials in the central state of Puebla reported at least one death in a landslide in the mountain town of Xaltepec that destroyed 13 homes.

Authorities were still searching the area for residents who were reported missing, according to a statement from the state government.

Earl struck Belize last week as a Category 1 hurricane, ripping off roofs and downing power lines. It also passed over Guatemala and southern Mexico before regaining strength over the Gulf of Mexico and making a second landfall on Veracruz’s coastline late Friday.

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