Manuel Drenches Mexico’s Coast
As Tropical Storm Manuel moves closer to Mexico, it has already begun to wreak havoc on Mexico’s coastline. Currently the storm is located 105 miles south of Lazaro Cardenas and 215 miles southeast of Manzanillo, Mexico.
Manuel has reached maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, and these winds may increase as Manuel makes landfall on Sunday, September 15. It is currently moving north at 6 miles per hour, and is expected to move north northwest late Saturday, and continue Sunday.
Mexican officials have kept the tropical storm warning for the areas between Acapulco and Manzanillo intact, as Manuel should be near this area by early Sunday morning.
Tropical storm force winds extend 70 miles from the center of the storm, and will begin to reach land as early as Saturday evening. Manuel may produce as much as 15 inches of rain in Oaxaca and Guerrero, with some areas receiving as much as 25 inches of rain, causing flash flooding and mudslides.
Tropical Storm Manuel may cause dangerous surf swells for the next few days along the coast in between the Gulf of Tehuantepec and Manzanillo.