Agatha Not Expected to Strengthen in Caribbean

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The remnants of East Pacific Tropical Storm Agatha are drifting northward into the southwest Caribbean Sea today. A heavy rain threat may persist for Belize and the Mexican states of Quintana Roo and Yucatan. An additional 2-4 inches will be possible for some locations. Isolated higher amounts are possible for coastal locations, while heavy rain should be expected for western Cuba tonight and southern Florida tomorrow and Wednesday.

This storm system has been responsible for 99 deaths across Central America as the heavy rains triggered mudslides and widespread flooding. Though rain tapered yesterday, the heavy rainfall in higher elevations is allowing rivers and streams to continue rising. All told, upwards of 15 inches of rainfall is expected across southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Guatemala City’s valley reported 4.1 inches or rainfall in one 12-hour period, while Champerico received 11.8 inches in 30 hours.  Information from more remote locations is expected to filter in over the coming days.

Yesterday, Guatemala City’s La Aurora Airport remained closed following the Pacaya volcanic eruption which blanketed the city with ash. Despite attempts to open the airport this morning, it remains closed as of this posting.

The 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins tomorrow. The first Atlantic storm name will be Alex.

Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps 2.0.

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