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Storm Pamela knocks down trees, floods streets in Mexico | See Pics

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Hurricane Pamela was set to dissipate on Wednesday night after knocking down trees, damaging businesses and flooding streets in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa, Reuters reported.

Pamela made landfall early Wednesday about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of the resort and port city of Mazatlan, where civil defense officials said wind and rain caused minor flooding but did little damage. It gradually lost power while moving inland, weakening first to a tropical storm and then to a tropical depression.

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Toppled lamp posts lay on the side of a road after the passing of Hurricane Pamela in Mazatlan, Mexico. (AP)

Police officers helped some people trapped in their homes by flooding, and were working to clear debris and dozens of fallen trees in the beach resort of Mazatlan. Some shops and restaurants in the area were damaged, the National Guard said in a statement.

Mexican authorities opened 40 temporary shelters in Sinaloa in anticipation of heavy rains and winds. Sinaloa is the country's top grower of corn, Mexico's staple grain, as well as a major producer of tomatoes and other fruits that figure prominently in the country's agricultural exports to the United States.

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A commercial area is damaged after the passing of Hurricane Pamela in Mazatlan, Mexico. (AP)

Several images showed palm tree fronds whipping in the wind and a bank with its windows blown out.

Swells generated by Pamela are expected to affect portions of the southern Baja California peninsula and southwestern and west-central mainland Mexico through Wednesday evening, likely producing "life-threatening" surf and rip conditions, the NHC added.

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Fallen trees lay on the side of a road after the passing of Hurricane Pamela in Mazatlan, Mexico. (AP)

Before reaching Sinaloa, Pamela passed near the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, home to key tourist destinations such as Los Cabos, where no damage was reported.

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