The Guerrero Civil Protection office has raised its yellow weather warning to orange as Tropical Storm Carlotta continues to sit off the coast, generating steady and sometimes heavy rainfall in both Guerrero and Oaxaca.
Agency Secretary Marco César Mayares Salvador told a news conference this afternoon that Carlotta, which was designated a tropical storm yesterday, had been sitting off the coast of the two states for 72 hours.
Weather forecasts call for rain totaling 100-200 millimeters with totals up to 250 in some locations.
The United States National Hurricane Center’s report at 4:00pm CDT said Carlotta was about 70 kilometers west-southwest of Punta Maldonado, Guerrero, and 115 kilometers southeast of Acapulco.
It was drifting at two kilometers per hour towards the north and was expected to move inland within the tropical storm warning area — between Acapulco and Chacahua lagoon in Oaxaca — by late tonight or early Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds at the eye of the storm were 85 km/h, but no significant change in strength is anticipated before it makes landfall, likely near or just southeast of Acapulco, when it will quickly dissipate.
Tropical storm-force winds are expected in the warning area into Sunday.
Mexico News Daily