Hurricane Carlos is sitting threateningly still in the near Pacific Ocean, still on its path to make landfall on the coast of Mexico within the next 48 hours. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stated the storm will continue to increase its strength as it comes closer.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, issued a bulletin stating that at 1:00 p.m. CDT, Hurricane Carlos was around 135 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico, and 245 miles southeast of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico. The Category 1 storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, and is sitting in a stationary position.
A hurricane watch is now in effect for the areas along the coast from Punta San Telmo to Lazaro Cardenas. Residents in these areas should expect hurricane force winds, strong surf and rip currents, and heavy rainfall.
Over the next 48 hours, Hurricane Carlos will begin moving northwest around two miles per hour, strengthening as is makes its way towards the coast. The storm will also bring two to four inches of rainfall to the coastal areas in southwestern Mexico. Heavy rainfall is forecast for the coastal areas through Tuesday, which will cause massive flash floods and mudslides that will affect areas of higher elevation.
By Alex Lemieux
NOAA: Hurricane CARLOS Public Advisory
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