Carlotta to threaten southern Mexico with flooding into Sunday night
Tropical Depression Carlotta will elevate the risk of flooding in southern Mexico into Sunday night.
Carlotta is expected to continue to skirt the coastline of southern Mexico, west of Acapulco, into Sunday night. Landfall is expected by Monday morning.
Carlotta's slow movement can lead to more substantial rainfall over the coast and southern mountains of Guerrero and Michoacán. This includes Acapulco and Zihuatanejo.
Rain totals of 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) with locally higher amounts in the hills and mountains are expected.
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Worse than ruining vacations, that amount of rain can trigger life-threatening flooding and mudslides.
Streams and rivers can rise out of their banks and inundate neighboring land, homes and roads. Bridges, roads and railroads may become damaged, threatening to cut off remote communities.
Winds strong enough to cause sporadic power outages and tree damage may also accompany the storm onto the coast. These winds can toss around loose lawn items and cause minor damage to weak structures.
The recent uptick in tropical activity across the eastern Pacific Basin is expected to end with Carlotta as the basin is expected to quiet down.
"The rest of the East Pacific looks relatively quiet and future tropical development is not expected across the basin through at least the middle of the week," AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.
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