2022 – First hurricane of the eastern Pacific season approaches southern Mexico By Reuters


© Reuters. A man rests on the beach as Hurricane Agatha lashes toward Mexico’s southern coast in Puerto Escondido, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, May 29, 2022. REUTERS/Jose de Jesus Cortes


PUERTO ESCONDIDO (Reuters) – Der erste Hurrikan der Saison im Ostpazifik verstärkte sich am Sonntag, als er sich spiralförmig auf die Südküste Mexikos zubewegte, mit maximal anhaltenden Winden von vortch versch trich km/h Monday.

“Additional strengthening is expected over the next 12 to 24 hours, and Agatha is expected to become a major hurricane when it hits the coast of southern Mexico on Monday,” the Florida National Hurricane Center said.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday (Mexico City time), Hurricane Agatha was about 185 miles southwest of Puerto Angell, according to the NHC.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of Oaxaca’s coast stretching from Salina Cruz to Lagunas de Chacahua, according to the NHC.

“Extreme storms are expected to cause very serious coastal flooding,” the commission said.

In Oaxaca, authorities have set up 200 shelters along the coast with a capacity of 26,000 people, according to the local civil protection.

About 5,000 tourists are expected to be in the impact zone, which is home to popular beach destinations.

The commission said the storm was expected to bring heavy rains to the southern states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero, which could lead to “life-threatening floods and mudslides.”