Tropical Storm “Carlos” intensifies near the southern Pacific coast of Mexico


A new tropical depression formed on June 10 south of Mexico and strengthened into a Tropical Storm "Carlos" by 15:00 UTC on Thursday, June 11, 2015. This is the third named storm of the 2015 eastern Pacific hurricane season, expected to intensify into a hurricane and bring locally heavy rains and life-threatening surf and rip conditions over portions of the southern Pacific coast of Mexico. 

A Tropical Storm Watch is currently in effect from Acapulco to Zihuatanejo. 

At 15:00 UTC on June 11, Carlos was located about 370 km (230 miles) S of Acapulco and 475 km (295 miles) SSE of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Its maximum sustained winds were 65 km/h (40 mph). Carlos was moving to the NW at 9 km/h (6 mph).

By 06:00 UTC on June 12, Carlos had maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h (60 mph), minimum central pressure of 997 hPa and was moving NNW at 4 km/h (2 mph).

The center of Tropical Storm "Carlos" was located about 270 km (165 miles) SSW of Acapulco and 350 km (215 mph) SSE of Zihuatanejo. A very slow NNW to NW motion is expected for the next couple of days.

Some additional strengthening is expected, and Carlos is forecast to become a hurricane during the next day or so, NWS NHC notes today.

​Acapulco radar image. Credit: SMN/CONAGUA.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 130 km (80 miles) from the center.

Locally heavy rains could spread over portions of the southern coast of Mexico during the next few days. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip conditions.

Tropical Storm "Carlos" on June 12, 2015. Winds and precipitation model by MeteoEarth.

Satellite animations

Featured image: Tropical Storm "Carlos" on June 12, 2015. Winds and precipitation model by MeteoEarth.


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