Tropical Storm Carlotta forms along Mexican coast

Tropical Storm Carlotta was expected to make landfall in Mexico early Saturday. Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

June 16 (UPI) —¬†Tropical Storm Carlotta formed early Friday off the coast of Mexico and was expected to make landfall over the weekend, the National Hurricane Center said.

The center of the storm was about 50 miles west-southwest of Punta Maldonado, Mexico, and 70 miles southeast of Acapulco, Mexico, the NHC said in its 7 p.m. CDT update. The storm had 40 mph winds and was traveling northeast at 3 mph.

There was a tropical storm warning in effect for the Mexican coast between Acapulco and Lagunas de Chacahua.

The NHC said the center of Carlotta was expected to make landfall early Saturday within the warning area and dissipate that evening.

Forecasters predicted between 3 inches and 6 inches of rain along the Guerrero and Oaxaca coasts, with isolated rainfall up to 10 inches possible. The rain could cause life-threatening floods. Inland, there could be 1 inch to 4 inches of rain.

The NHC also warned of life-threatening swells along the coast of southern Mexico.


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