Parts of Mexico are under a storm warning, as Tropical Storm Elida barrels down on the Pacific coast.
On Tuesday morning, The National Hurricane Center warned that the weather system could bring high winds, heavy rain and dangerous swells to the coast between Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas.
As of Tuesday morning, Tropical Storm Elida was located about 120 miles south of Manzanillo. Hurricane Center meteorologists said winds were gusting at nearly 45 miles per hour. The storm is expected to hover off the coast for the next day or two.
According to The Weather Channel, Elida could make landfall by Friday morning. In the meantime, analysts said the weather system could drop “five inches of total rainfall…leading to local flash flooding and mudslides”.
While Elida is stalling off the Pacific coast, the impacts are already being felt ashore. Tropical storm-force winds are blowing up to 70 miles away from the weather system’s center.
With the possibility of dangerous waves, rip currents and surf swells, sailors, swimmers and residents alike are being told to avoid the water.
The National Hurricane Center advises residents to prepare for the storm by:
- Fuelling up vehicles
- Withdrawing extra cash
- Covering windows and doors
- Stocking up on canned food, water and batteries, and
- Storing lawn furniture and other outdoor items.
The National Hurricane Center defines a tropical storm, as a cyclone with winds between 39 and 73 miles per hour. According to the Center, over the past 40 years, the Pacific coast has seen an average of four tropical storms a year. Of those four storms, an average of two a year become hurricanes.
The Center warns:
While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depressions also can be devastating. Floods from heavy rains and severe weather, such as tornadoes, can cause extensive damage and loss of life. For example, Tropical Storm Allison produced over 40 inches of rain in the Houston area in 2001, causing about $5 billion in damage and taking the lives of 41 people.
As The Inquisitr reported in May, the eastern Pacific hurricane season is generally light, with most storm systems tracking away from Mexico and California. In late May, Tropical Storm Amanda passed by the Pacific coast without making landfall. The Weather Channel said Tropical Storm Elida is the fifth named storm of the eastern Pacific season.
The National Hurricane Center is expected to release an update on Tropical Storm Elida at 5 pm EST.