MEXICO CITY, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Tropical storm Max intensified into a Category 1 hurricane in the Mexican Pacific on Thursday as it neared the coast of Acapulco in the state of Guerrero.
The country's weather service, SMN, stated that at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Max was moving with sustained winds of up to 120 km/h and gusts of up to 150 km/h.
At 1 p.m., SMN indicated Hurricane Max was 30 km off the coast of Acapulco and was moving eastwards at a speed of 9 km/h. Once it makes landfall, it should continue moving eastwards across the state of Guerrero.
Ahead of the hurricane's arrival, the state government of Guerrero suspended classes at all educational institutions and emitted a "red alert" for all necessary measures to be taken.
In a statement, Guerrero state Governor Hector Astudillo said the phenomenon had already caused power cuts, falling trees and landslides in and around Acapulco.
Speaking with the press, Astudillo called on the population to be "very attentive, very alert."