According to the US National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Agatha CT crossed the coast west of Puerto Angel, Mexico at 4pm on Monday, with winds of up to 105 mph. This is the first time Type 2 has crossed the Pacific coast of Mexico.
It weakened after the landslide, and Agatha was located about 15 miles northeast of Puerto Angel, Mexico, with winds of up to 80 mph as of 8 p.m. Monday night. According to the NHC, it moved at a speed of 8 miles per hour northeast.
The National Hurricane Center has warned of storms and “extremely dangerous” coastal flooding from “life-threatening” hurricane-force winds. Heavy rain is expected to continue in southern Mexico until Tuesday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm will cause 10 to 16 inches of rain in some parts of Oaxaca and a maximum of 20 inches of isolation, causing the risk of flash floods and landslides.
Near Porto Angel on Sunday night, wind, heavy rain and big waves began to hit the town of Gibolite Beach, which has long been known for its clothing-loving beach and bohemian vibe. Threatening gray skies and sandy beaches in popular places such as Puerto Escondido, Puerto Angel and Huadulco.
“Lots of rain and strong winds,” said Sylvia Ranfakni, manager of Zipolite’s Casa Kalmar Hotel. “The sea is really rough and it’s raining a lot,” said Runfakni, who has decided to evacuate Agatha. “You can hear the wind howling.”
National emergency officials have convened a task force of more than 9,300 people and more than 200 shelters have been opened as forecasters warned of possible catastrophic storms and heavy flooding.
According to Jeff Masters, meteorologist at Yale Climate Links and founder of Weather Underground, the region’s hurricanes usually start with tropical waves off the coast of Africa.
“Since the African monsoon usually does not begin to form tropical waves until early or mid – May, there are not enough early obstacles to get to the many East Pacific hurricanes in May,” Masters wrote in an email. “Also, May water temperatures are cooler than they are at the peak of the season, and the wind shear is generally higher.”
Masters do not know whether Agatha was hit by a tropical wave – low pressure areas moving across the tropics – but the storm benefited from warmer water and lower wind shear.
On Monday morning, Agatha accelerated slightly, moving towards the area near Puerto Escondido and Puerto Angel in the southern state of Oaxaca. The area has hotels in Huatulco, Mazunte and Zipolite.
In Huatulco, municipal authorities canceled schools and ordered the complete “complete closure” of all beaches and its seven bays, many of which could only be reached by boat.
The government’s Mexican turtle center – which became a safety center in Mazunte, a former butchery – has announced it will remain closed until further notice after a hurricane.
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