Hurricane Agatha strengthens en route towards south-west Mexico

30/5/2022 8:25:00 AM

Hurricane Agatha strengthens en route towards south-west Mexico

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).Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn SHANGHAI: Shanghai announced on Sunday (May 29) further steps towards returning to more normal life and lifting a two-month COVID-19 lockdown this week, while Beijing reopened parts of its public transport, some malls, gyms and other venues as infections stabilised.

sg/w2at MEXICO CITY (AFP) - The first hurricane of the Pacific season, Agatha, was rapidly strengthening off the western coast of Mexico where it is likely to strike on Monday (May 30) as a major storm, the country's weather service warned.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.As of 4pm on Sunday (Mexico City time), Hurricane Agatha was located about 300km south west of Puerto Angel, according to the NHC.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 painful coronavirus curbs in major Chinese cities run counter to trends seen in the rest of the world, which has largely moved towards co-existing with the virus even as infections spread."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."Storm surge is expected to produce extremely dangerous coastal flooding," the NHC said.Agatha was packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kmh, while moving north-east at about nine kilometres per hour, according to the NHC report, released at 0300 GMT (11am Singapore time).People entering public venues or taking public transport will need to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, versus 48 hours previously.

The NHC said the storm was “expected to bring an extremely dangerous storm surge and life-threatening winds to southern Mexico on Monday”.Some 5,000 tourists are expected to be in the impact zone, which is home to popular beach destinations.People entering public venues or taking public transport will need to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, versus 48 hours previously.Authorities in Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas states encouraged preventative measures beginning on Saturday, such as asking residents to safeguard property near coastal areas and calling on the population to take shelter.They also closed the ports of Oaxaca and Guerrero." Source: Reuters/ec.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.Authorities have been slowly relaxing curbs, with a focus on resuming manufacturing.Mexico is buffeted by hurricanes on both its Pacific and Atlantic coasts, generally between the months of May and November.The authorities approved 240 financial institutions in the city for reopening from Wednesday, state-run Shanghai Securities News reported on Sunday, adding to a list of 864 firms released earlier this month.

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