Parts of Mexico will endure heavy rain and the risk for mudslides from newly formed Tropical Storm Tara.
Tara is the 19th tropical storm to develop in the East Pacific this season and could become the 12th hurricane of the season later this week.
While Tara is expected to remain off the coast of western Mexico through Friday, it will remain close enough to enhance rain and thunderstorms across southern Michoacan, Colima, western Jalisco and southern Nayarit. Rainfall amounts of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) will be common, with an AccuWeather StormMax™ of 200 mm (8 inches).
This amount of rainfall will be capable of producing life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides. Widespread travel disruptions are also expected.
Thunderstorms can contain locally damaging winds; however, the strongest winds associated with Tara will remain well offshore, creating hazards for shipping and causing rough seas and surf.
Tara is expected to drift slowly northwest with some strengthening through Friday before weakening and potentially dissipating over the open ocean this weekend. While the risks from Tara diminish later this week, a new tropical threat is expected to develop near Mexico.
A large area of showers and thunderstorms over the northern part of Central America is forecast to move into the East Pacific and become better organized by midweek. This area of concern could become the next named tropical storm in the East Pacific by Thursday or Friday.A track toward the northwest would take this potential tropical system near the coast of Mexico, bringing the risk for flooding and mudslides to […]