Mexico
Hurricane Pauline, packing winds of 125mph and dropping as much as 20 inches of rain in 24 hours, devastates the Pacific coast here, killing over 400 people, many in Acapulco. At least seven major mudslides strike. Waves over 30 feet in height devastate small fishing vessels. Officials say that Mexico has only been hit by one storm more severe than Pauline, in 1959. Officials blame the storm's intensity on El Niño warm water near the pacific coast.

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