Hurricane Enrique aims for brush with Mexico’s Pacific coast – News Vibe24

    Hurricane Enrique aims for brush with Mexico's Pacific coast - Times of India
    MEXICO CITY: The first hurricane of the East Pacific season led to a possible narrow brush with the southwestern shoulder of Mexico on Sunday night and researchers warned that heavy rains could cause dangerous flooding or landslides.
    Hurricane Enrique gained strength in the first hours after its formation on Saturday, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the maximum strong winds of the storm then stabilized at about 85 mph (140 kph) and were unlikely to gain much more power. Earlier predictions had stated that Enrique could reach category 2.
    The core of the storm was expected to remain at sea, but could pass near Cabo Corrientes – the wave off the south coast of Puerto Vallarta – Sunday night and Monday, the center said. Enrique was predicted to continue moving parallel to the shore in the following days, before starting to weaken after reaching cooler waters in a few days.
    Enrique centered late Saturday, about 215 miles (345 km) south of Cabo Corrientes and moving west-northwest at 5 mph (7 kph).
    The Hurricane Center said Enrique could drop 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) of rain, with isolated maximums of 18 inches (45 cm) off the coast of Colima, Michoacan and Jalisco, Mexico.
    A tropical storm warning was in effect from Punta San Telmo to Punta Mita. A hurricane watch was posted off the coast by Cabo Corrientes in Manzanillo.
    Mexico’s defense ministry says it is sending troops to help civilians before the storm.

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