Photo: Tropical Storm Carlotta
Officials downgraded Carlotta from a hurricane to a tropical storm early Saturday as it weakened while moving across southern Mexico.
The National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center in Miami discontinued the hurricane warning that had been in effect from Salina Cruz to Punta Maldonado and the hurricane watch from west of Punta Maldonado to Acapulco.
Carlotta pushed northward toward the resort city of Acapulco on Saturday after making landfall near the Mexican beach town of Puerto Escondido, where it toppled trees and shook tourist hotels.
Carlotta is located less than 30 N.Mi inland from the coastline of South-central Mexico. However, the high mountainous region is steadily taking its toll on the hurricane as indicated by both satellite and radar image.
During the next 48 hours , conditions are expected to force Carlotta to slow down and gradually turn westward.
Due to the forecast of slow motion of the cyclone and its remnants, this could result in an prolonged period of heavy rains causing life threatening flash floods and mudslides across a large portion of south central and southeastern Mexico.
Two children have reportedly been killed when a mudslide collapsed their house.