Hurricane Agatha bears down on southern Mexico bringing torrential rains

30/5/2022 6:56:00 PM

Hurricane Agatha bears down on southern Mexico bringing torrential rains

Copy to clipboard https://str.Copy to clipboard https://str.Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn PUERTO ESCONDIDO: The first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season strengthened on Sunday as it spiralled toward the southern coast of Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 177kmh that are expected to worsen before the storm makes landfall on Monday (May 29).

sg/w2DB PUERTO ESCONDIDO, MEXICO (REUTERS) - Hurricane Agatha barrelled toward southern Mexico's Pacific coast on Monday (May 30), threatening to lash beach resorts in the state of Oaxaca with torrential rains and flooding when it ploughs ashore later in the day.A Category 2 storm and the first hurricane to form in the eastern Pacific this year, Agatha was blowing maximum sustained winds of 177kmh into mid-morning, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.High sea temperatures and the hurricane's slow speed could give it plenty of time to strengthen before it roars ashore, Alejandra Mendez, general coordinator of Mexico's National Weather Service (SMN), said in a videoconference.Agatha is not expected to alter in strength much before reaching land this afternoon, the centre noted.As of Sunday night, Agatha was forecast to climb to a Category Three on the Saffir-Simpson scale as it churned about 225km west of Puerto Angel, Mexico, according to a report by the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC).The eye of the storm should slam into the coast close to the beach getaways of Puerto Escondido and Mazunte, NHC projections show."It is forecast that the hurricane will probably make landfall as a Category Three between Puerto Escondido and Huatulco, Oaxaca," said Mendez, adding that she expected landfall on Monday.Authorities have set up 200 shelters along the coastal region of Oaxaca with capacity to shelter 26,000 people, according to local civil protection officials.In Oaxaca, authorities have set up 200 shelters along the coastal region with the capacity to shelter 26,000 people, according to the local Civil Protection.

A hurricane warning is in effect from the port of Salina Cruz to Lagunas de Chacahua, the Miami-based NHC said.The NHC said the storm was “expected to bring an extremely dangerous storm surge and life-threatening winds to southern Mexico on Monday”.The NHC said the storm was “expected to bring an extremely dangerous storm surge and life-threatening winds to southern Mexico on Monday”.Salina Cruz is the site of a major refinery run by state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex).At 10am (1500 GMT), Agatha was about 80km southwest of Puerto Angel, and churning northeast at around 13kmh, according to the NHC.They also closed the ports of Oaxaca and Guerrero.Agatha is expected to dump 25-41 cm of rain on Oaxaca, and up to 50.The popular surfing destinations of Puerto Escondido and Huatulco set up temporary shelters with a capacity to house 26,800 people and arranged for potential accommodations of another 5,200 in local hotels.8cm in some areas, which could spark lethal flash flooding and mudslides, the NHC said.Mexico is buffeted by hurricanes on both its Pacific and Atlantic coasts, generally between the months of May and November.

Heavy rains are also expected to douse the state of Chiapas, as well as Veracruz, Tabasco and eastern parts of Guerrero.Agatha should weaken fast after hitting land and dissipate over southeastern Mexico by late Tuesday, the NHC said.Join.

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