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Tropical Storm Simon Swirls Off Mexico Coast; May Cause Flooding

By    |   Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 03:26 PM

Tropical Storm Simon swirled near Mexico’s Pacific coast but remained offshore Thursday, with forecasters predicting it may come ashore on the Baja Peninsula as it weakens.

With about 40-mile-per-hour winds Thursday, the storm was expected to track west-northwest, and Weather.com said Simon's center would likely remain offshore of Mexico’s coast. It could attain hurricane status over the weekend.

Tropical Storm Simon became the eighteenth named storm of the 2014 eastern Pacific hurricane season off the coast of Mexico early Thursday. Even though it isn’t expected to come ashore, weather changes may bring heavy rain in places that could cause flash flooding and mud slides.

“In addition, high surf and dangerous rip currents will also threaten coastal areas,” Weather.com said.

Accuweather warned that despite current tracking of Simon indicating it was headed away from Mexico, the storm will probably turn back toward Baja and residents and visitors there should be cautious. The good news is that isn’t expected to happen until later in the weekend when the storm has weakened, the weather site said.

"Wind damage will depend on how much strength Simon has at the time of landfall," AccuWeather.com meteorologist Rob Miller said. "Based on the current forecast track, I would expect Simon to produce localized tree limb damage and power outages."

Even if Simon does reach hurricane status over the weekend, Accuweather said it’s expected the storm will remain offshore, keeping the heaviest rains and strongest winds away.

"The shower and thunderstorm activity will increase around Cabo San Lucas Friday night through Saturday with locally heavy rain a threat," Miller said.

A NASA animation showed how the storm developed over three days, beginning as a tropical low-pressure area on Wednesday and strengthening Thursday morning to the level of a named tropical storm.



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