Tropical Storm Carlotta Gaining Strength Like a Hurricane
June 16, 2012 by cd
Tropical Storm Carlotta approached Mexico’s Pacific coast on Friday gaining hurricane strength as reported by the National Hurricane Center in the US.
At 8 p.m. EDT, Tropical Storm Carlotta, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and higher gusts, was about 10 miles south-southwest of Puerto Angel and about 225 miles east-southeast of Acapulco, moving northwest at 12 mph.
The center also announced that Carlotta became a categ
The storm became a category 2 hurricane Friday, with the center expected to produce significant coastal flooding to the north and east near the coast. A storm surge is expected to be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
A hurricane warning was in effect from Salina Cruz to Acapulco and hurricane watches were in effect from Salina Cruz to Barra de Tonala and from Acapulco to Tecpan de Galeana. A tropical storm warning was in effect from Salina Cruz to Barra de Tonala.
The Mexican states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas could receive a foot of rain, which could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
The center of the storm was expected to move near or over the coast of southern Mexico late Friday night and Saturday, with no additional strengthening Friday night and a slower forward speed expected Saturday. The storm is expected to weaken as its center moves along the coast.