The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released an advisory bulletin for tropical storm Carlos as it slowly moves closer to the Mexican coast from the near Pacific Ocean. As of 4:00 p.m. CDT, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, received information that the storm cell is around 195 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico, and 265 miles south southeast of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Tropical storm Carlos currently has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, and is moving north northwest at two mph.
There are no watches or warnings issued for nearby areas at this time. The National Hurricane Center urges local authorities to monitor the storm as it progresses towards land.
In the next 48 hours, tropical storm Carlos will strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane. As of now, tropical storm force winds extend out from the eye of the storm by 80 miles.
Heavy rainfall will affect the regions around the southern coast of Mexico over the next few days, mainly in the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca. Strong surf swells will also come as tropical storm Carlos makes landfall this weekend. The NOAA stated hurricane force winds could generate swells that could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
By Alex Lemieux
NOAA: Tropical Storm CARLOS Public Advisory
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