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On Tuesday, Hurricane Carlos was spotted at 4:00 p.m. CDT by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) just 85 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico. The Category 1 storm now has maximum sustained winds upwards of 90 mph.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, issued a bulletin stating at 4:00 p.m. CDT, hurricane Carlos is moving northwest at five miles per hour towards Manzanillo, Mexico. The storm should make landfall by Tuesday evening.
Warnings for hurricane weather conditions have been issued for the coastal areas from Punta San Telmo to Playa Perula. Warnings for tropical storm conditions have been issued for the coastal areas from Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes.
In the next 48 hours, hurricane Carlos will continue on its path through Wednesday night, but may turn northwest by Thursday. Minimal weakening is forecast during this time. Winds above 50 mph extend 45 miles beyond the center of the hurricane.
Hurricane Carlos is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the southern Mexican states, with accumulation of three to six inches possible. Rains may produce hazardous conditions in areas of high altitude. Swells will continue to rise throughout the rest of the week. Life-threatening surf and rip current conditions are likely.
By Alex Lemieux
NOAA: Hurricane CARLOS Public Advisory
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