Hurricane Max Forms Off Southern Coast of Mexico, Expected to Bring Heavy Rain and Floods

Tropical Storm Max formed Wednesday afternoon near the southwest coast of Mexico and is expected to bring torrential rains to the country, the National Hurricane Center said.

In its 7 p.m. CDT advisory, the NHC said the center of Max was located 105 miles west-southwest of Acapulco. It was traveling east-northeast at 3 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph; it had picked up some strength since the afternoon.

The government of Mexico issued a tropical storm warning for the coast from Zihuatanejo to Punta Maldonado.

The NHC said the center of the storm should make landfall in Mexico on Thursday. The agency does not predict the storm will increase in strength to become a hurricane.

Max is expected to produce rainfall accumulations between 5 inches and 10 inches with maximum totals up to 15 inches in the southern portion of Guerrero state and western Oaxaca state.

“These rainfall amounts may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the NHC said.


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