Tropical Storm Calvin forms off southern Mexico

Alicia Guzman
June 14, 2017

Calvin made landfall as a tropical storm approximately 37 mi (60 km) west southwest of Salina Cruz (pop. ~76,000), Oaxaca, at midnight UTC this morning, Tuesday June 13.

Tropical Depression Three-E is located about 75 miles east-southeast of Puerto Angel, Mexico, and is moving slowly northwestward toward the coast of southern Mexico. NASA's Aqua satellite captured a look at the depression just prior to its classification as a tropical storm. The storm has maximum sustained wind speeds of 29 miles per hour (46 km/hr), equivalent to a tropical depression on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS). Travis says this low will tug a large area of deep tropical moisture into the Gulf early next week, and our best computer models continue to suggest low pressure may spin up in this moisture over the western Gulf.

The tropical system will produce very heavy rain across Mexico and Guatemala early this week
The tropical system will produce very heavy rain across Mexico and Guatemala early this week

Tropical storm warnings have been posted for parts of Mexico's Pacific coastline.

Forecasters said Calvin is expected to dump 6 to 12 inches (150 to 300 millimeters) of rain across Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas states, with higher isolated accumulations possible, threatening landslides and flash floods.

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Regardless of Calvin's strength, heavy rain is the main threat to Mexico and southern Guatemala.

Saturday evening through Monday evening, 12.72 inches (323.0 mm) of rain fell in Salina Cruz.

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Calvin is also expected to produce rainfall totals of 4 to 6 inches in the Mexican states of Tabasco and Veracruz, as well as in southern Guatemala.

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