Hurricane Raymond Rapidly Picking Up Speed

Hurricane Raymond continues to move closer to the Pacific coast of Mexico and wind speeds are picking up. Weather forecasters on Monday issues a severe weather advisory.

Raymond is listed as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida at 5 A.M. reported the hurricane at 115 miles south-southwest of Zihuatanejo and about 165 miles west-southwest of Acapulco.

As the hurricane moves inland the following watches and warnings have been issues throughout Mexico:

  • A hurricane watch was posted for Tecpan de Galeana to Lazaro Cardenas.
  • A hurricane watch was in effect for Acapulco to Tecpan de Galeana.
  • A tropical storm warning was posted for Acapulco to Tecpan de Galeana.

Weather forecasters say Hurricane Raymond will drift northward and move closer to areas within the hurricane warning area by late Monday and early Tuesday morning.

Residents are being warned that Raymond could become stronger as it moves closer to land over the next few days. Swells generated by Raymond are already affecting parts of the south-central coast of Mexico.

Weather officials warn that significant coastal flooding could occur within the advisory areas. Storm surge will likely be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Hurricane Raymond is expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rain in most areas. However, some of the harder hit Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacan could receive 8 inches of rain.

Mexico was hit by Hurricane Manuel one month prior and more than 10,000 people are still living away from their homes because of flooding which caused landslide risks. Officials have rushed to already ravaged areas to offer assistance and to possibly issue more evacuation notices.

The state government has closed seaports and set up 700 emergency shelters. Officials are still debating the evacuation of residents in low-lying areas of Acapulco that flooded during Manuel.