Hurricane Barbara Makes Landfall In Mexico, Killing At Least Two [Video]

Hurricane Barbara slammed into the Pacific Coast of Mexico on Wednesday killing two people, flooding roads, and toppling trees.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm made landfall at 3:10pm the state of Chiapas, a rural region with archeological sites near the neighboring state of Oaxaca.

As of the 5:00 pm update by the NHC, Barbara was located 80 miles east of Salina Cruz, Mexico and had sustained winds of 75 mph.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from affected areas in Chiapas, state civil protection officials said.

Multiple power outages also were reported as well as serious flooding in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco in Guerrero state.

Hurrican Barbara was later downgraded to a tropical storm and then to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, the NHC sad.

Local emergency services said the two fatalities thus far were a 61-year-old male surfer from the United States who drowned during the storm and a 26-year-old Mexican man who was killed as he tried to cross a river.

The NHC’s projected path of Barbara predicts it will arrive in the Gulf of Mexico late Thursday.

hurricane barbara projected path

Barbara is the first storm to hit Mexico during this year’s Pacific hurricane season, which began on May 15.

Per the National Hurricane Center, the 2013 season is expected to produce a lower than average number of storms for the eastern Pacific.

It said 11 to 16 named storms were likely, below the 15-storm annual average for 1981-2010.