Hurricane Carlos expected to make landfall near Puerto Vallarta

Hurricane Carlos has weakened slightly but is expected to regain punch, hovering stationary over the Pacific Ocean off Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the eye of the Category 1 hurricane was about 130 kilometres south-southwest of Acapulco and Carlos had top sustained winds of 120 km/h by 8 a.m. ET Sunday.

Computer projections from the National Hurricane Center show Carlos will likely remain a Category 1 storm when it makes landfall just south of Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday. The storm is likely to lose strength as it makes landfall and pass over Puerto Vallarta as a tropical storm late Tuesday to early Wednesday.

A hurricane warning extends from Punta San Telmo to Tecpan de Galean and a hurricane watch from west of Punta San Telmo to Manzanillo. A tropical storm warning runs east of Tecpan de Galeana to Punta Maldonado. If Hurricane Carlos remains on its projected path, new warnings to include Puerto Vallarta could be issued as early as Monday.

Carlos could eventually dump 6 to 10 inches of rain (150 to 250 millimeters) or more across four southwest Mexican states and cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said.

It’s the third hurricane of the 2015 eastern Pacific season.

3 Responses
    1. Thank you. Please note this story is 2 days old, we have published updates every 12 hours as updated by the weather service. Storm tracks change from day to day, we always recommend reading the most recent releases.

    2. Here is the link to the most recent from today where the weather service announced the storm track has changed since last night. It is very important to stay up to date, this is a very slow moving storm giving more time for it to change directions at any moment. It is also important to note that the predicted path maps highlight where the center of the storm could travel, but the impact of the storm is well outside the ‘eye’.

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