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Trudy Moves Inland, Brings Flooding to Mexico

By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
October 20, 2014, 6:37:03 AM EDT

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Trudy has weakened to a tropical rainstorm, but it still poses a threat to Mexico with flooding rain and mudslides.

The eastern Pacific has been void of a tropical system since once-Hurricane Simon weakened to a tropical rainstorm prior to reaching Baja California on Oct. 7.

Hurricane Ana, now passing close to Hawaii, developed in the central Pacific on Monday, as such, it was not designated as Trudy.


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Trudy took shape late on Friday, intensifying from a tropical depression. Soon after strengthening into a tropical storm, Trudy moved inland on Saturday morning, local time, about 75 miles to the southeast of Acapulco.

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Heavy rain is the primary concern for the Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca. These areas are at risk for flooding downpours through Sunday despite the storm moving onshore and weakening.

"I anticipate the heaviest rain targeting the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca through Saturday night with rain amounts generally on the order of 50 to 100 millimeters (2 to 4 inches) with 150 to 200 millimeters (6 to 8 inches) in the mountains," Miller added.

Highly localized rainfall amounts between 12 and 18 inches are possible.

That amount of rain is sure to cause flooding, as well as mudslides in the mountains.


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After this tropical threat passes, attention will turn to the western Gulf of Mexico for potential development next week.

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