2022 – Hurricane Agatha: The storm rapidly worsens and makes landfall in Mexico

Agatha intensified rapidly in the eastern Pacific and was approaching major hurricane status as it approached the southern coast of Mexico on Sunday night.

Agatha, the first hurricane to hit the eastern Pacific Ocean this season, made landfall as a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 miles per hour.

A hurricane warning has been applied from Salina Cruz to Lagunas de Chacahua. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Salina Cruz east to Boca de Bijijiapan and Lagunas de Chacahua west to Punta Maldonado.

Agatha will continue to produce strong winds, dangerous storms and precipitation for the next 24 hours as it slowly moves inland.

“A rapid weakening is expected after landing, and Agatha is expected to dissipate over southeastern Mexico by late Tuesday,” the hurricane center said.

The Hurricane Center warns that storms are expected to continue to cause very serious coastal flooding in areas near and east from where Central Agatha made landfall. Heavy rain is expected in parts of southern Mexico through Tuesday evening. Heavy rain is expected in Oaxaca, with forecasts ranging from 10 to 16 inches, and isolated areas likely to receive up to 20 inches. Life-threatening floods and mudslides can occur.

“Heavy rain is expected in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, with 10-16 inches expected, but the isolated total is likely to be 20 inches,” the hurricane center said.

Agatha’s remains could contribute to the gradual evolution of the tropical system in “the extreme southwest of the Gulf of Mexico by midweek or in the northwest Caribbean by the end of this week,” according to the Atlantic Tropical Weather Forecast from the National Hurricane Center. “Regardless of developments, local heavy rain is likely throughout the week in southern Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala and Belize,” the center said.

CNN’s Monica Jarrett contributed to this report.