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Tropical Storm “Enrique” forms off the SW coast of Mexico, life-threatening flash floods and mudslides possible

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Tropical Storm "Enrique" formed off of the southwestern coast of Mexico at 09:00 UTC on June 25, 2021, as the 5th named storm of the 2021 Pacific hurricane season. While the center of Enrique is forecast to remain offshore, strong winds, life-threatening flash floods, mudslides, and rip current conditions are expected along the coast.

At 18:00 UTC on June 25, Enrique's center was located about 410 km (255 miles) SSE of Manzanillo and 600 km (375 miles) SSE of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico. Its maximum sustained winds were 75 km/h (50 mph) and minimum central pressure 1 002 hPa. The storm was moving WNW at 15 km/h (9 mph).

Enrique is expected to continue strengthening, becoming a hurricane on Saturday, June 26, and to gradually slow down with a turn toward the NW by Sunday, June 27.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes — tropical storm conditions are possible within this area by late Saturday (LT).

Tropical Storm "Enrique" at 18:50 UTC on June 25, 2021. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, TW

The outer bands of Enrique are likely to cause locally heavy rains over portions of southwestern Mexico. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Swells generated by Enrique will affect portions of the southwest coast of Mexico during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, NHC meteorologists warn.

"While the center of Enrique is still forecast to remain offshore of the southwestern coast of Mexico, the large wind radii predicted on the eastern side of the storm necessitates the issuance of a Tropical Storm Watch from Punta San Telmo northwestward to Cabo Corrientes," NHC forecasters Papin and Cangialosi noted.

"In addition, outer rainbands are expected to cause locally heavy rains across portions of southwestern Mexico."

Featured image: Tropical Storm "Enrique" at 18:50 UTC on June 25, 2021. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, TW

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