Hurricane alert in Mexico: Storm Agatha could become in the next few days

According to forecasts, Agatha, which circulates near the coast of Oaxaca, will remain a tropical storm.

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Tropical storm Agatha, the first cyclone of the 2022 season, formed in the last few hours from Tropical Depression One-E in the Mexican Pacific and will continue to intensify until it becomes a category 1 hurricane, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) said on Saturday. ) from Mexico.

“At 04:00 hours (09:00 GMT), tropical storm Agatha formed from Tropical Depression One-E in the Pacific Ocean,” the SNM said in a statement.

He specified that at 07:00 hours (12:00 GMT) the phenomenon was located 355 kilometers (km) south-southwest of Puerto Ángel, Oaxaca, with “maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (km / h), gusts of 95 km/h and displacement towards the west at 7 km/h”.

According to forecasts Agatha, which circulates near the coast of Oaxaca, will remain a tropical storm, after noon on Sunday it will reach a category 1 hurricane and as it heads west it could make landfall on Tuesday.

The SMN added that Agatha’s passage will cause intense punctual rains (75 to 150 millimeters (mm)) in regions of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Tabasco and very strong (50 to 75 mm) in places of Guerrero and Veracruz.

In addition, it will generate strong winds with gusts of 60 to 70 km/h on the coast of Oaxaca, and 50 to 60 km/h on the coast of Guerrero, as well as waves of 2 to 4 meters in height on the coast of Guerrero and Oaxaca.

Because of this, the SMN. In coordination with the National Hurricane Center, it established a prevention zone for hurricane effects from Salina Cruz to Punta Maldonado, both on the coast of Oaxaca.

“Rainfall could generate landslides, increase in the levels of rivers and streams, and overflows and floods in low-lying areas in the south and southeast of Mexico, including the Yucatan Peninsula,” he said in the report.

For this reason, he exhorted the population to heed the notices of the SMN and follow the indications of the state, municipal and Civil Protection authorities.

He also called on maritime navigation in the vicinity of the system to “extreme precautions” due to winds and waves off the coasts of the mentioned states.

A week ago, the SMN authorities reported that they foresee the formation of up to 40 named cyclones by 2022, which they described as an “active season”, and predicted that of the total number of tropical cyclones generated, both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific , at least five hit the country.

In the case of the Pacific, they said that 14 to 19 tropical cyclones, 8 to 10 tropical storms, 4 to 5 category 1 and 2 hurricanes and 2 to 4 hurricanes 3, 4 and 5 are expected.

Meanwhile, in the forecast for the Atlantic, he said that 16 to 21 systems are expected: 10 to 11 tropical storms, 4 to 6 category 1 and 2 hurricanes and 2 to 4 categories 3, 4 and 5.

The forecasts for 2022 come after last year Mexico experienced the fifth most active cyclone season in the last 50 years with a total of 40 named cyclones, according to Conagua records. Of the 40 systems, 19 formed in the Pacific and 21 in the Atlantic.

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