Photo: Hurricane Barbara
Hurricane Barbara was downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday as it moved over southern Mexico, where it killed at least two people, the Mexican national weather service said.
The storm was located 60 kilometers (37 miles) west-northwest of Cardenas, a city in Tabasco state, and the same distance east of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, the weather service said in its 7:30 a.m. bulletin.
The threat level associated with Barbara has been lowered to moderate, the weather service said.
The storm is moving toward the north at around 15 kph (9 mph) and is packing winds of 55 kph (34 mph), with gusts of 75 kph (46 mph), the weather service said.
“According to the forecast, after noon today the remnants of Barbara will once again be over the sea, approximately 75 kilometers (46 miles) northeast of Coatzacoalcos,” the weather service said.
The storm is expected to dump heavy rains on Tabasco, southern Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas states, all located in southern Mexico, the weather service said.
The two fatalities occurred Wednesday in Oaxaca, where a resident was swept away by a current and an American tourist, identified as Douglas Ketchum, drowned in the port of Salina Cruz, officials said.
The Pacific hurricane season, which started on May 15, is expected to produce four intense hurricanes, four moderate hurricanes and six tropical storms, meteorologists said.