Tropical Depression Three-E formed Wednesday about 260 miles south-southwest of Puerto Escondido, Mexico. The storm is expected to develop into a tropical storm Carlos by the end of the day and could possibly strengthen into a hurricane before the weekend.
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Carlos is expected to move northward hugging the Pacific Coast of Mexico as it passed Puerto Vallarta. While the center may remain offshore, it should at least come close enough to bring periods of heavy rainfall to much of our area by this weekend. Swells generated by the slowly strengthening system will generate high surf and rip currents along the Mexican Riviera coast into early next week.
The storm, if continued on its projected path, could bring heavy rain, high surf, and strong winds to Puerto Vallarta over the weekend and into the beginning of next week.
Once formed, Hurricane Carlos will be the third named storm of the hurricane season for the Eastern Pacific. Hurricane Blanca was the earliest major hurricane on record for the Pacific Coast.