Hurricane Carlos Approaching Acapulco Area
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Carlos, the third named Pacific storm in the 2015 season is now a full-fledged hurricane. Its approach comes just a week after Tropical Storm Blanca skirted the Baja California resort hotspot of Los Cabos. Locals and tourists there breathed a sigh of relief as that storm did not pack too much of a punch.
According to a Saturday evening National Hurricane Center (NHC) update, the southern coast of Mexico is beginning to experience the outer bands of Carlos. Creeping along at a mere 2 mph, as of 8 p.m. EDT, Carlos is about 105 miles south of the resort town of Acapulco, and about 225 miles southeast of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico’s largest seaport. Maximum sustained winds are 85 mph.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Lazaro Cardenas southeast to Tecpan de Galeana, a Hurricane Watch from Punta San Telmo to west of Lazaro Cardenas, and a Tropical Storm Warning east of Tecpan de Galeana to Punta Maldonado. Acapulco falls somewhere within the Hurricane Watch/Warning corridor at this time.
The NHC expects Carlos to take on a west-northwest motion from Sunday to Monday, as well as increase in speed.
The center of the storm is forecasted to approach the southwestern Mexican coast late Monday. Carlos could be stronger as it does so, as it is predicted to strengthen within the next 48 hours.
Hurricane force winds are extending up to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds are extending up to 90 miles outward.
The NHC sees tropical storm conditions reaching the tropical storm warning area by early Sunday, and hurricane conditions beginning within the hurricane warning area on Monday. Hurricane conditions could occur within the hurricane watch area late Monday.
The rainfall from Carlos will affect a far wider swath of Mexico than other elements of the storm. According to the NHC, around 2-4 inches, with local amounts of up to 6 inches will fall along the southwestern coast. The states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima, and Jalisco will feel the impact, and the rain could cause flash floods and mudslides in areas of rugged terrain.
The NHC also said swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents along the southern Mexican coast during the next few days.
An Acapulco vacationer posted a video of a Carlos-angried sea on Twitter:
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