Update: Carlos Weakens, But Not For Long, Acapulco Avoids Heavy Damage
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Now weakened into a Tropical Storm, Carlos is moving parallel to the southern Mexican coast, and will re-strengthen into a hurricane sometime between late Sunday night and Monday morning, according to a National Hurricane Center (NHC) Public Advisory issued at 4:00 p.m. CDT.
The storm is about 75 miles west-southwest of Acapulco, and 140 miles southeast of Lazaro Cardenas, moving at 6 mph. Currently traveling northwest, Carlos is expected to make a turn to the west-northwest from Monday night into Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds are just below hurricane strength at 70 mph with higher gusts. Tropical Storm-force winds are occurring up to 70 miles from the center.
The NHC said that the Mexican government has discontinued any Tropical Storm Warnings. Hurricane Warnings extending from Punta San Telmo in Michoacan to Tecpan de Galeana in Guerrero, and a Hurricane Watch is in effect west of Punta San Telmo to Manzanillo in Colima.
Highlighting the urgency of the situation, the NHC notes for the warning area, “Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.”
In addition to the Mexican states falling into the Hurricane watches and warnings, Oaxaca and Jalisco will be hit with a deluge of rainfall. Accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are possible through Tuesday with a chance of up to 15 inches. The rains may produce what the NHC calls “life-threatening” flash floods and mud slides, especially up in higher terrain.
Acapulco, in the Guerrero state, is out of the warning/watch zone, but the NHC still advises those in the area to keep a close eye on the storm. The vacation destination has felt a measure of Carlos' wind and rain, but no serious damage and only one injury has been reported, said Jonathan Capote, spokesman for Guerrero state's Civil Protection agency to Mark Stevenson of the Associated Press.
"Aside from a few fallen billboards and trees, we haven't had any damage," Capote added.
Stevenson saw that the normally crowded Acapulco Bay was deserted, and near-six-foot-high waves washed away a group of 16 small palm-frond huts on the beach.
He also observed surfers riding the storm-augmented waves some distance from shore, not heeding the NHC’s warning about “life-threatening” surf and rip currents.
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