MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Agatha, the first hurricane of the season, formed on the South Pacific coast of Mexico on Sunday and moved rapidly towards land.
Agatha may make landfall near Puerto Escondido in the southern state of Oaxaca on Monday.
On Sunday morning, the National Hurricane Center said the center of Agatha was about 200 miles west-southwest of Port Angeles with winds of 75 mph.
It was heading north-northwest at 3 miles per hour.
The Oaxaca Civil Protection Office said the outer belt of the hurricane had hit the coast. The office posted photos of fishermen tugboats on the beach to protect them from the storm.
Agatha is the first tropical storm of the 2022 Eastern Pacific hurricane season.
Hurricane warnings were issued for parts of the southern states of Guerrero and the coast of Oaxaca.
Winds of up to 90 mph could be expected when the storm made landfall, and the center noted the risk of “potentially life-threatening flash floods and mudslides” as the rain battered the mountains of Oaxaca.
Mexico’s National Water Commission said in a statement that the storm’s rainfall “could lead to mudslides, rising water levels in rivers and streams, and flooding in low-lying areas.”
Because the storm’s current path will take it to the narrow waist of the Isthmus of Mexico, the center said it is possible that the storm’s remnants will reappear over the Gulf of Mexico.
In northern Guatemala, a woman and her six children died Saturday when a landslide engulfed their home, but the accident did not appear to be related to Agatha.
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