More rain expected but weather system is moving up the coast

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The low-pressure system that brought heavy rain to Puerto Escondido Wednesday and Thursday has moved up the coast, but more rain is in the forecast.

Tropical depression 2-E was upgraded to Tropical Storm Beatriz Thursday afternoon by the National Meteorological Service (SMN). As of 3 p.m. it was located 170 kilometers south-southwest of Punta Maldonado, Guerrero, and 220 kilometers south-southeast of Acapulco.

Heavy and occasionally torrential rain is forecast for parts of Oaxaca and Guerrero with winds gusting to 80 km/h and waves two to four meters high.

The Puerto Escondido Harbormaster closed navigation to all small vessels Wednesday evening due to the effects of Tropical Wave No. 8, which brought heavy rainfall to a wide stretch of the Oaxaca coast.

Earlier in the day and in anticipation of the imminent announcement, fishermen and tourist service providers began to remove their equipment from the shore and the sea to prevent damages to boats and fishing gear.

“Right now, with the bad weather, we have to be taking our boats [out of the water], otherwise they’ll sink. Bad weather is coming and for the safety of our lives, we also have to respect [government mandates],” a spokeswoman for the harbormaster’s office said.

Beatriz is forecast to deliver very heavy to occasional torrential rains in western, central, southern, and southeastern states. The rains will be accompanied by thunderstorms with lightning and possibly hail, and could cause an increase in the levels of rivers and streams, and landslides and flooding in low-lying areas.

With reports by Vivo Noticias


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