Weakened Bud brushes Mexico's Pacific coast

Tropical Storm Bud lashed the Pacific coast of Mexico Saturday, May 26, 2012. CIMSS

Last Updated 11:47 a.m. ET

(AP) PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico - Driving rain pelted Mexico's Pacific coast early Saturday as a weakened Tropical Storm Bud moved by a string of laid-back beach resorts and small mountain villages south of Puerto Vallarta.

Emergency officials were on high alert for flooding and mudslides despite the storm's decreasing speed and power.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday that Bud is weakening and becoming increasingly disorganized in the Pacific just off Mexico.

The storm has degenerated to a remnant low. It was expected to dissipate within the next day or so.

Maximum sustained winds had weakened significantly and were near 30 mph as the storm hovered about 15 miles off the coast of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico.

Forecasters say the storm could still drop another inch or two of rain along Mexico's southwestern coast.

All tropical storm warnings and watches have now been discontinued.

Heavy rain started Friday night in Puerto Vallarta and rainfall was expected to accumulate from 6 to 10 inches in many spots. Mexican authorities canceled school in 11 communities expected to be hit by heavy rains in Jalisco state. Emergency workers prepared emergency shelters, many of them in empty school classrooms.

The state was placed on high alert as the storm center neared land, and emergency officials in Puerto Vallarta said they were closely monitoring villages that had been hit by flooding and mudslides in previous hurricanes and tropical storms.

But on Friday night the sea along the city's famous beachfront appeared calm. Swimming was temporarily banned as a precaution.

Rains and 6-foot high waves pelted Melaque, a beach town on the Bahia de Navidad, about 60 mph east of the sparsely populated stretch of coast where the storm's center was expected to come ashore during the night.

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