Downpours continue to soak south-central Mexico as Raymond swirls about 100 miles off the western coast. Even though the storm is now heading away from the coast, it will bring a significant flooding threat to the Mexico coast.
As of 11 a.m. PDT, Hurricane Raymond was located about 100 miles south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and 130 miles west-southwest of Acapulco, Mexico. Raymond’s top sustained winds have dropped off to 90 mph, making it a Category One Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
A Hurricane Warning is in place from Tecpan de Galeana to Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, with a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning in effect from Acapulco to Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico. A Hurricane Warning, or sustained winds greater than 74 mph, are expected within 36 hours.
The biggest problem Raymond will pose to Mexico’s states of Guerrero and Michoacan is flooding rain, with amounts of 5 to 10 inches expected through the end of the week. This much rain falling in a short time will cause flash flooding and trigger mudslides. Storm surge will also produce significant coastal flooding and be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.
Preparation to protect life and property should be rushed to completion, as conditions will begin to deteriorate quickly later today.
Raymond is the seventeenth named storm in the eastern Pacific this season, and the eighth hurricane. This is ahead of average, with 15 named storms typically forming by early November. The season ends November 30. Get the full story here
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