MEXICO CITY – Tropical Storm Carlotta headed toward landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast east of Acapulco on Friday, bringing with it heavy rains and wind.
Carlotta, the third named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, was forecast to hit land Saturday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
It said that Carlotta had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph), and its centre was located about 70 miles (110 kilometres) southeast of Acapulco.
The storm was moving toward the northeast at 3 mph (6 kph).
The hurricane centre says the storm threatens torrential rains for the coastline of the southern states of Guerrero and Oaxaca, with up to 10 inches possible in some areas.
Also Friday, the Mexican Interior Department reported that there were no deaths in the resort cities of Los Cabos from Tropical Storm Bud, which left the Baja California Peninsula and re-emerged over the Gulf of California.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center downgraded Bud to a tropical depression in the morning when its sustained winds dropped to 35 mph (55 kph). It was moving north at 10 mph (17 kph) toward the Mexican mainland and the state of Sonora.
Mexico’s National Water Commission said that Bud had made landfall over Baja California Sur on Thursday night.
The remnants of Bud were about 150 miles (245 kilometres) south-southeast of Guaymas, Mexico. It was expected to bring heavy rain to northwest Mexico and the southwest United States.
Baja California Sur Gov. Carlos Mendoza Davis said that preliminary reports indicated Bud did not cause any significant damage. The airport in La Paz was closed temporarily Friday morning because of limited visibility, but it reopened later in the morning.
Bud lashed palms trees and its waves pounded the sand on the Baja Peninsula, where memories were still fresh of the extensive damage done in 2014 by a direct hit from Category 3 Hurricane Odile.
Overall, however, there was a sense of relief that Bud had been sapped of most of its punch. It was previously a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (210 kph).
But it still threw heavy rainfall over a large swath of Mexico. Earlier in the week, intense rain overwhelmed a reservoir in the central city of Guanajuato, sending a river of water through downtown streets that flooded homes and vehicles.
The hurricane centre said Bud could cause dangerous surf and bring an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain to Sonora state and northwest Mexico, threatening floods and landslides.