Mexico: Hurricane Raymond Could Dump 30cm of Rain

Hurricane Raymond is still lurking off Mexico’s Pacific coast, moving slowly and erratically, according to forecasters. The hurricane has weakened slightly, but still has winds of around 190kmh (120 mph) and lies about 145km (90 miles) to the west of the Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacan.

According to Luis Felipe Puente, head of Mexico’s national emergency services, the hurricane will not move much in the next 24 to 36 hours. But while the storm still lingers about 100 miles off the coast, the nearby states could see around 72 hours of heavy rainfall.

Luis Felipe Puente went on to say:

“If (Hurricane Raymond) carries on moving at this speed and the cold front keeps holding it, we’ll have permanent rain for the next 72 hours”

There have already been around 800 evacuations, mostly those living in coastal areas of Guerrero.
This comes at a a time when there are still over 5,000 people living in temporary shelter as a result of the previous storms in September, when Manuel and Ingrid battered Mexico from both sides, resulting in the worst flooding in Mexico’s history. And the story for the people of Mexico gets worse, as outbreaks of cholera have been reported for the first time in over a decade in the country. The worst affected state is Hidalgo, with 145 reported cases.

The map below is from the European Union and shows the current situation regarding Hurrincae Raymond, but also the areas of cholrea outbreaks, and the insert shows the areas hit by Hurricane Manuel in September this year. See the full version of the map here:

Hurricane Raymond Map

Schools have been closed in Acapulco, Lazaro Cardenas and along the south western coastal areas in anticipation of heavy rainfall. Forecasters believe that many areas of Guerrero and Michoacan states will see at least 15cm of rainfall, and some could well see as much as 30cm.

Mayor of Acapulco, Luis Walton, reiterated warnings to those in vulnerable areas. He called on people to move from their homes on flood plains, coastal areas, river banks and canals and areas susceptible to landslides.

Sources: Noticias Acapulco; Reuters

Map Credit: EU

Photo Credit: VOA