Storm could make landfall Saturday with 80 mph winds
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Carlotta, the season’s third tropical storm of the season has formed over the far southeastern Pacific and is strengthening rapidly, with sustained winds of 50 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Carlotta is forecast to reach hurricane strength and become a threat to the southern coast of Mexico by Friday. A hurricane watch is already in effect for the Mexican coast between Barra de Tonala and Punta Maldonado, and hurricane warmings are likely in the region soon.
It’s not exactly clear how far north the storm will move before heading back out to sea due to a ridge of high pressure building to the north. The NHC says the storm could stall in the general vicinity of Acapulco during the weekend.
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