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Published on : Monday, November 4, 2013
Tropical storm Sonia gained strength as it made its way to the Pacific coast of Mexico early on Sunday. Sonia is expected to bring intense rains over a large portion of western Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sonia was centered about 60 miles (96 kilometers) south-southwest of Culicacan late Sunday. According to the forecasters Sonia’s heavy rains, life-threatening flash floods and mudslides could cause serious damage. The Hurricane Center also confirms that Sonia will cause 12-foot waves.
The center says a tropical storm warning extends from Mazatlan northward to Altata on northwest Mexico’s mainland. Forecasters expect Sonia to pass south of the Baja peninsula in coming hours and near the mainland coast. In the resort town of Los Cabos in Baja California, officials opened a shelter for possible evacuees and said the port had been closed to small craft. The U.S. hurricane center said the storm could produce up to 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) of rainfall in Sinaloa and Durango states, with isolated areas getting as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters).
Tuesday is when the moisture from Sonia will combine with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and a storm system emerging from the Rockies to produce widespread rain from central Texas to eastern Nebraska and Iowa. Tuesday night through Wednesday, the rain will gradually evolve into a more uniform solid line as it presses eastward into the Midwest and lower Mississippi Valley. The rain will reach the East Coast Thursday and Thursday night. There is concern for strong wind gusts to accompany the rain across the St. Lawrence Valley and New England. Downpours can accompany the rain along its entire path from the Plains to the East Coast. Such downpours will not only interfere with outdoor plans, but could lead to travel delays.