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Agatha weakens to a tropical depression as it passes through Mexico

MEX5120.  TEHUANTEPEC, (MEXICO), 05/30/2022.- People walk today through a flooded avenue in the municipality of Tehuantepec, state of Oaxaca (Mexico).  Hurricane Ágatha, category 2 and formed in the Pacific, made landfall this Monday in the Mexican state of Oaxaca leaving rains in the south and southeast of Mexico, reported the National Meteorological Service (SMN).  EFE/Luis Villalobos

MEX5120. TEHUANTEPEC, (MEXICO), 05/30/2022.- People walk today through a flooded avenue in the municipality of Tehuantepec, state of Oaxaca (Mexico). Hurricane Ágatha, category 2 and formed in the Pacific, made landfall this Monday in the Mexican state of Oaxaca leaving rains in the south and southeast of Mexico, reported the National Meteorological Service (SMN). EFE/Luis Villalobos

Photo: Luis Villalobos

The Mexican authorities announced that Hurricane Agatha, the first of the season in the Mexican Pacific, was downgraded to a tropical storm between Monday and Tuesday after making landfall. With sustained winds of 55 km / h, the storm is now heading to the northwest of the country.

The bulletin of the early warning system for tropical cyclones in Mexico recommends, however, that the population in general take extreme precautions and prepare for rains, winds and waves of 1 to 2 meters. The US National Hurricane Center forecasts that the storm will continue to weaken.

Agatha quickly gained strength due to the high sea temperatures and the initial forecasts did not rule out that it would reach category 3. The beaches of the coast of Oaxaca (southern Mexico) looked cloudy and with rough seas on Monday morning, while the residents they supplied themselves with water and food and protected homes and businesses. Non-essential classes and activities were suspended in the area.

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“The shelters are already open, people are already arriving (…), we are at a red point, this is coming and it is coming strong,” Roberto Castillo, from Huatulco Civil Protection, warned AFP. The government of the Mexican state of Oaxaca (south), which directly received the impact of the phenomenon on Monday, reported that no personal injuries were reported and that materials were scarce.

“The greatest impact we have is basically on the highways, we have certain impacts, but by noon communications should be restored,” Alejandro Murat, governor of Oaxaca, told the Televisa network. Authorities had located some 5,240 tourists in the area, which is home to resorts such as Puerto Escondido and Huatulco, popular with European and American tourists.

The Mexican Meteorological Service reported that there is a 60% chance that, in five days, the remnants of Agathe cross the Strait of Tehuantepec to exit the Atlantic with the potential for cyclone formation.

flood risk

The Meteorological Service of Mexico reported on its side that the phenomenon will continue to cause heavy rains in Oaxaca and in regions of the neighboring states of Chiapas and Guerrero.

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The authorities closed the ports to navigation in those regions, while the airlines began to cancel their flights to the Huatulco international airport, on the Oaxaca coast, from Sunday. Numerous and mighty rivers are located in the area affected by the storm, for which the Mexican Meteorological has warned of possible overflows and landslides.

Every year Mexico suffers the onslaught of tropical cyclones on both its Pacific and Atlantic coasts, usually between May and November. The 2021 Pacific hurricane season, which runs from May 15 to November 30, was moderately active with 40 events. Of these, 15 were hurricanes, according to the Mexican Meteorological.

Source: Elespectador

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