Tropical Storm Ivo Heads North, Could Damage US Southwest

Tropical Storm Ivo formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean on Friday and has the potential to damage the United States’ Southwest region.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph by 5 pm EDT on Friday and was moving north at 6 mph. Ivo is currently located around 265 miles south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Mexico’s government has already issued a tropical storm warning in the wake of the news, reports USA Today. The watches and warnings cover most of the coast of Baja California.

Most tropical storms and hurricanes that develop in the Pacific Ocean have little to no effect on the United States. However, Tropical Storm Ivo could be different.

According to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, Ivo could bring rain and flooding to the Southwest. The ongoing monsoon and moisture from Ivo is expected to combine and create heavy rains on Sunday and Monday. Both Phoenix and Las Vegas could see rains and flash floods.

The weather service in Las Vegas predicted that “numerous thunderstorms, some with heavy rain, will lead to the possibility of extensive flash flooding.”

ABC News notes that the National Hurricane Center predicted Tropical Storm Ivo will likely strengthen on Friday night and Saturday. The storm will then weaken again on Saturday night and Sunday. Because of this, Ivo likely won’t turn into a hurricane.

The enter of Ivo is expected to weaken to a tropical depression or remnant by Sunday, though rain from the storm’s remains will still affect the Southwest. And while only a couple of inches of rain may fall in the span of a few hours, it’s still enough to turn dry streambeds into raging rivers. It can also quickly overwhelm storm drains.

Tropical Storm Ivo is the ninth named storm of the 2013 eastern Pacific hurricane season. No tropical storms or hurricanes are currently traveling in the Atlantic hurricane basin, though it is likely more will form soon.

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