Photo: Tropical Storm Arlene Hits Mexico, Authorities Warn of Flood Risks
As the first tropical storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Arlene hit Mexico with winds of 65mph and gusts of even higher speeds at the country’s shores just south of Tampico.
The center of the storm hit Cabo Rojo, Mexico at around 4 a.m. Thursday morning.
Authorities in the states of San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz prepared for possible flooding as the rain began to fall ahead of the storm’s center on Wednesday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Veracruz was warned that they may receive up to 15 inches of rain.
The storm is expected to dissipate on Friday, but the biggest danger from the storm is the flooding cause by the rain. The possibility of flashfloods put 13 states at risk for mudslides.
However, Tamaulipas could see an improvement in their soil from the rain, as it is currently experiencing the most severe drought in 50 years.
Southern Texas could see heavy rain as well, though not the torrential rains being seen in Mexico. Though, along all of the Gulf Coast, people are being warned Arlene brings an increased threat of rip currents, high waves, and tidal flooding.
Accuweather released the following”
Tropical Storm Arlene was located about 55 miles south-southeast of Tampico, Mexico, Thursday morning, or near Cabo Rojo. Arlene has sustained winds of 65 mph with gusts to 75 mph. Arlene is moving toward the west at 8 mph. Arlene will continue to move over land and will begin to weaken later this morning. A hurricane warning is in effect along the east coast of Mexico from Barra De Nautla northward to La Cruz.
A tropical storm warning is in effect along the east coast of Mexico from La Cruz northward to La Pesca and from Palma Sola southward to Vera Cruz. An upper-level high pressure area centered over northwestern Texas will steer Arlene to the west and farther into Mexico this morning. Deep tropical moisture from Arlene will continue to reach as far north as parts of southern Texas. Drenching showers and thunderstorms will continue across southern and eastern Mexico and Guatemala. Heavy rain will continue to fall over eastern Mexico Friday causing life-threatening flooding and mudslides. Rainfall totals near and north of track of the storm will average 4 to 8 inches, with local amounts over 12 inches in some of the mountainous terrain.
Elsewhere, a weak tropical wave is located along 75 west near Hispaniola. Upper-level winds in this area are unfavorable for further development and are expected to remain unfavorable along this feature’s expected path. While thunderstorms may flare up from time to time as it tracks west, it is highly unlikely that we see any development from this wave.
Another tropical wave along 54 west is steadily marching west. Shower and thunderstorm activity is occurring with this wave although conditions here are not favorable due to widespread dry and sinking air to the north of the wave. It will reach the Lesser Antilles Thursday night and Friday and cause an increase in showers and thunderstorms, but upper-level winds likely will remain unfavorable for development through this week in the Caribbean. Long-range models show the position of this wave between the eastern Gulf and the Bahamas later next week.