Tropical Storm Sonia To Slam Into Mexico Pacific Coast on Monday

Monday, 04 Nov 2013 07:21 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Tropical Storm Sonia is expected to make landfall on Mexico's Pacific Coast early Monday.

As of 11 p.m. Sunday night, the tropical storm was approximately 115 miles east of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula approaching from the Pacific at a north-northeast direction while traveling at a rate of 17 mph.

Meteorologists with the Miami-based U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) monitoring Tropical Storm Sonia say it has sustained 40 mph winds, Reuters reported.

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Despite meteorologists expecting the storm to dissipate shortly after it makes landfall Monday afternoon, Mexico issued a tropical storm warning stretching from the northern town of Altata to the coastline outside the resort city of Mazatlan.

Three to 10 inches of rainfall is expected from the storm front, according to the NHC.

Mexico has been rocked during this year's Pacific hurricane season – which began in May and is set to conclude at the end of this month, as several severe storms wreaked havoc throughout the country particularly in recent months.

The most destructive episode occurred in September when Hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid converged on the country simultaneously with the prior slamming the country from the Pacific as the latter poured in from the Gulf of Mexico.

The result was more than 150 people being killed, largely from flooding and mudslides, in addition to $6 billion worth of damage.

The most severe flooding occurred in the Mexican town of La Pintada, where more than 70 people died when a massive landslide swept away much of the 800-person town.

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An additional 40,000 tourists were also stranded in the resort cities of Acapulco and Zihuantanejo as a result of the flooding and subsequent mudslides that buried roadways throughout parts of Mexico.

Thus far there have been 18 storms during the current eastern Pacific hurricane season.

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