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Pacific Storm Bears Down on Mexican Coast, Will Strike Next Week

  • Agatha is first storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season
  • Heavy rains could cause life-threatening floods through region
Tropical Storm Agatha, on May 28.

Tropical Storm Agatha, on May 28.

Source: NOAA

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Tropical Storm Agatha has formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean and will grow into a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall in southern Mexico on Monday.

The storm is the eastern Pacific’s first of 2022 and was about 175 miles (280 kilometers) southwest of Puerto Angel, Mexico, according to a 7 p.m. local time US National Hurricane Center advisory. It’s forecast to become a hurricane on Sunday, and a hurricane watch has been issued for Mexico’s southern coast from Salina Cruz to Punta Maldonado.