Barbara Bringing Flooding Risk to Mexico

May 29, 2013; 8:21 AM ET
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Color-enhanced satellite image (NOAA), showing Tropical Cyclone Barbara in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, off southern Mexico, on May 29, 2013.

Barbara will pose a threat of flooding rain and damaging winds as it pushes inland over the southern Pacific coast of Mexico on Wednesday.

The hurricane was making landfall near Salina Cruz, Mexico during the midday.

Damaging winds can fell trees and down power lines as the storm makes its way onshore Wednesday.

As Barbara interacts with the mountains of Oaxaca and Chiapas states, it will trigger local rainfall of 8 to perhaps 12 inches within 24 to 48 hours. Flash flooding and landslides will be possible. Higher mountains of Oaxaca and Chiapas, which rise 8,000 to 12,000 above sea level, can act to wring out extreme rainfall with landfalling tropical cyclones.

Barbara formed as a tropical depression at about 7:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 28, and within a few hours was upgraded to a tropical storm.

Although Barbara will weaken and dissipate inland, forecast tools accessed by indicate that the weather throughout southern Mexico and nearby Central America will remain unsettled with further outbreaks of heavy rain through at least the start of next week.


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