Tropical Storm Cosme Expected To Become Hurricane

What was a tropical depression Sunday has turned into Tropical Storm Cosme early Monday morning.

Previously known as Tropical Depression 3-E was upgraded to Tropical Storm Cosme early Monday. The Depression took shape midday Sunday according to

It formed about 500 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexica, in the eastern Pacific Ocean. reported:

“As a depression Sunday afternoon, the storm was stationary, but it has started to curve to the northwest.

“Such a track will steer the system away from Mexico, putting shipping interests at greatest risk for its fierce winds and extremely rough surf.”

The Hurricane Center expects Tropical Storm Cosme to continue strengthening, likely to be a hurricane by or on Tuesday.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph by early Monday. Cosme is centered about 435 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and is moving northwest near 10 mph,” according to Latinos Post.

While the coasts of Mexico should be in the clear, the southern coast from Acapulco to Manzanillo to Puerto Vallarta will occasionally see bands of heavy rain which could cause flash flooding according to reports from Latinos Post.

They continue on to say that surf will also build along the coast during this time with fierce winds.

Around Manzanillo they are expecting that, “wave heights could approach as high as 15 feet Tuesday through Wednesday.”

Weather Channel is reporting that Tropical Storm Cosme is forecasted to move northwest, parallel to the Mexican coast over the next few days with no significant impact on the mainland.

“Only the tiny and remote Mexican military garrison of Clarion Island (430 miles offshore) is in its path.”

Tropical Storm Berry approached the coast of Veracruz state in Mexico last week, one of many hurricanes that have been predicted for the 2013 hurricane season.

Even if Tropical Storm Cosme doesn’t make it to land, doesn’t mean that those in areas who are easily susceptible to these storms shouldn’t be prepared. Better to stock up and be ready just in case a storm does hit land.

[Image by Jesse Allen via Earth Observatory]