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Published on : Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Tropical Storm Javier on Monday afternoon continued to move toward Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and the resort city of Cabo San Lucas. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to graze the west coast of the peninsula over the next couple of days.
Fortunately, the storm is not forecast to reach hurricane strength.
As of noon MDT Monday, Javier had wind speed up to 50 mph, was located 55 miles southeast of Cabo San Lucas and was moving to the northwest at 10 mph.
Javier should dump three to six inches of rain in the Baja with possible isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches through Wednesday morning, the center reported.
Meanwhile the death toll from former Hurricane Earl rose to 45 in the country’s eastern mountains, stated media reports.
Communities in two states were digging out from weekend mudslides during heavy rains brought by the remnants of Earl, which slammed into Mexico’s Gulf coast late last week.
Though the tropical storm should dissipate over Mexico, moisture from the remnants of the storm will fuel widespread shower and thunderstorms in parts of Arizona, New Mexico, southern Utah, and southern Colorado from Tuesday to Thursday, weather.com reported.
Among the casualties of Earl, at least 29 people died in multiple mudslides in the mountainous north of Puebla state, state Interior Secretary Diodoro Carrasco, said. He said that an amount of rainfall equivalent to entire month of normal precipitation fell in one night in some areas.
Of the victims, 25 were killed in different parts of the township of Huauchinango and three died in the hamlet of Tlaola.