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Boy dies in landslide as Tropical Storm Lane becomes hurricane

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico -- Tropical Storm Lane became a Category 2 hurricane yesterday as it roared toward the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, lashing Mexico's Pacific coast, flooding port cities, and causing a landslide that killed a 7-year-old boy.

The Mexican government issued a hurricane warning for the southern tip of the peninsula, the prison colony of Islas Marias, and a 175-mile stretch of coast on the mainland that included the resort of Mazatlan.

The hurricane had maximum sustained winds near 100 miles per hour and was expected to strengthen. Last evening, Lane was 280 miles southeast of the resort of Cabo San Lucas, moving northwest at 9 miles per hour .

Lane was following roughly the same path as Hurricane John, which raked Mexico's Pacific coast early this month before slamming into Baja California, killing five people and damaging 160 homes.

It was forecast to move parallel to the coast, passing by Islas Marias later yesterday before brushing the tip of the peninsula this weekend, then heading back toward the Mexican mainland. The eye of the storm was expected to hit land near Los Mochis early Monday.

The resort of Cabo San Lucas was sunny and hot yesterday, but tourists were scrambling to catch flights before the storm hit. Ellen Fiersten of Springfield, Ill., was spending her 60th birthday waiting in long lines at the airport.

``We were just happy to find a flight out," said the retiree. ``We've got a lot of family waiting at home, and they were going to be very worried."

Alan Murphy, a 59-year-old retiree from Las Vegas, also wasn't taking any chances. He was on a flight home three days before he was scheduled to end a deep-sea fishing trip.

Lane was already causing flooding in the port city of Lazaro Cardenas in the central state of Michoacan, where more than 500 people were evacuated from their homes after a canal overflowed, officials said.

Earlier, the storm dumped rain and whipped up waves in Acapulco. Officials said a 7-year-old boy was killed late Thursday in a landslide caused by the heavy rains. Authorities rescued three fisherman whose boat capsized but they were still looking for the captain, state officials said.

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