Tropical storm Adrian strengthens into a category 1 hurricane, targeting Mexico with heavy rains

Prepare as Adrian morphs into a hurricane, threatening Mexican states with severe weather despite a predicted offshore trajectory.

During the morning of today -June 28, 2023-, tropical storm Adrian intensified and became a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which defines and classifies this type of precipitation according to the speed of its winds. At 9:00 a.m. central time, it was located approximately 575 kilometers southwest of Manzanillo, Colima. It sustained maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour(km/h), with 150 km/h gusts. Also, its westward displacement was 13 km/h.

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Currently, how will Hurricane Adrian affect us?

According to a press release from the National Water Commission (Conagua), it is expected that during the next few hours, Adrian’s cloud bands will cause hefty rains in Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, and Michoacan. Likewise, heavy rainfall is expected in Nayarit, and wind gusts of 40 to 50 km/h with swells of one to three meters in height along the coasts of Colima, Jalisco, Michoacán, and the west of Guerrero.

The coasts of Colima, Jalisco, Michoacán and western Guerrero will experience waves of one to three meters. PHOTO: Cuartoscuro
Colima, Jalisco, Michoacán, and western Guerrero coasts will experience waves of one to three meters. PHOTO: Cuartoscuro

It should be noted that all precipitations could be accompanied by electric discharges and generate an increase in river and stream levels, overflows, floods, and landslides in areas of the mentioned states. For this reason, the various authorities that make up the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources(Semarnat) urged the population to heed the warnings issued by the National Meteorological Service(SMN) and Conagua, as well as to follow the recommendations of state authorities and Civil Protection.

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What will be the trajectory of Hurricane Adrian?

According to the National Meteorological Service, Adrian will not impact Mexico. The forecast indicates that its course will guide it away from the coasts of our country. However, authorities warned that it could significantly increase its intensity. Therefore, monitoring will continue. So far, the precipitation is believed to be 610 kilometers southwest of Playa Pérula. However, estimates before it became a category 1 hurricane indicated that next Sunday, July 2, it would revert to a tropical storm and will remain so until Monday, July 3.

What are the states that would suffer the most?

The states that will suffer the heaviest rains will be Oaxaca and Chiapas. They will be followed by the states of Tabasco and Veracruz -southern region- with weighty rainfall. On the other hand, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero, and Campeche will suffer from bad weather but to a lesser extent. Likewise, Sonora, Chihuahua, Nayarit, Guanajuato, State of Mexico, Puebla, and Quintana Roo will also record heavy rains. At the same time, Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Mexico City, Morelos and Yucatán will report showers. It should be noted that in Aguascalientes, lighter and isolated precipitation is also expected.

Authorities urged the population living near rivers, ravines or dams to identify safe areas to go to in case of a contingency. PHOTO: Cuartoscuro
Authorities urged the population living near rivers, ravines, or dams to identify safe areas to go to in case of a contingency. PHOTO: Cuartoscuro