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Hurricane Carlos Strengthens, To Impact Mexico

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The eastern Pacific hurricane season is continuing to have an incredibly early start, with the third hurricane of the 29-day-old season already churning towards Mexico.

Hurricane Carlos strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) confirmed on Saturday morning. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles-an-hour, making it a minimal hurricane, but the storm is expected to slowly strengthen through Sunday evening. Then, Carlos is expected to track slowly inland as a tropical storm or depression before dissipating entirely in northern Mexico or in the desert southwest by next weekend.

The issue with Carlos could be the storm’s longer-range track – it may move inland into Mexico and eventually work its way into the continental United States by week’s end. The good news, however, is the storm is expected to weaken considerably by Tuesday, likely becoming nothing more than a remnant low by Wednesday or Thursday. At that point, flash flooding over northern Mexico and potentially parts of the southwest U.S. would be essentially the lone concern with the system by the end of the week.

In the meantime, coastal Mexico, including popular tourist destinations such as Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco, Mexico will feel some of Carlos’ wrath, although the worst of the storm should mostly stay out to sea. Acapulco is currently on the outer edge of the storm as it passes narrowly by to its south. Reports from local media said a turtle camp on the city’s Playa Hermosa was destroyed on Saturday due to the storm’s “enormous” waves (Spanish link).

On the Atlantic side of things, a storm off of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has been bumped up to a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical system by the NHC. That storm will require a close bit of attention, as most models show it tracking into coastal Texas by Tuesday or Wednesday, potentially as a tropical storm.

With the tropics heating up, stay with WeatherNation and for all the latest.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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