Mexico – Hurricane ‘Enrique’ Causes Floods and Wind Damage in Western States

Hurricane ‘Enrique’ brought strong winds, high surf and heavy rain to parts of western Mexico on 28 June 2021. Dozens of homes have been destroyed and 2 fatalities reported.

Floods in Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, Mexico after heavy rain from Hurricane Enrique. Photo: Government of Michoacán

Two people died in rough seas in separate incidents in Acapulco, Guerrero State. Heavy rain and strong winds in the state damaged or destroyed as many as 207 homes and several sections of road. The municipalities of Coahuayutla and Copalillo are the worst affected areas.

In Michoacán, severe flooding and wind damage was reported in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas.

Heavy rainfall and flooding in Colima state damaged roads and caused the collapse of a bridge on the Manzanillo-Minatitlán highway.

As of 28 June, Civil Protection in Jalisco reported minor landslides and wind damage on some coastal roads in the state.

Members of the Mexican Army clean up after flooding in Michoacán brought by Hurricane Enrique Mexico. Photo: Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional

Enrique Weakening but Heavy Rainfall Still Likely in West

Hurricane Enrique has weakened as it moved north in the East Pacific along the western coast of Mexico. However, the country’s Comisión Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA) warned of further heavy rain of up to 250 mm in some areas of Colima, Jalisco, Michoacán, Guerrero and Nayarit, along with wind gusts of 100 km/h, and waves of 8 to 10 metres.

The US National Hurricane Center predicts Enrique will make landfall as a tropical storm on the Baja California Peninsula on 30 June.

Track Storm Enrique Mexico June 2021 – NHC

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