Second hurricane strikes Mexico

A second hurricane in a matter of days has struck the Pacific coast of Mexico.

The category five Hurricane Otis struck near Acapulco overnight with winds forecast to reach up to 160 mph, according to the US National Hurricane Centre.

The latest extreme weather front follows in the path of Hurricane Norma which left a risk risk of landslides, mudslides, and flash and urban flooding.

The US NHC said: “Otis is expected to produce rainfall totals of 8 to 16 inches with maximum amounts of 20 inches through Thursday across Guerrero and the western coastal sections of Oaxaca.

“This rainfall will produce flash and urban flooding, along with mudslides in areas of higher terrain. Swells generated by Otis will affect portions of the southern coast of Mexico during the next couple of days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) updated its travel advice to Mexico to warn that continued hurricane conditions are expected from today (Wednesday 25) along the Pacific south coast of Mexico.

“Hurricane watch is in effect along the south coast, between San Jose del Progreso and San Jeronimo de Juarez. 

“Local authorities have called for those in the affected zone to take precautions, including staying informed about shelter locations.You should follow the advice of local authorities.”

Hurricane Norma has now passed having made landfall on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. 

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