Carlotta becomes Category 1 Hurricane heading to Mexico coast
Miami, FL, United States (4E) – Tropical Storm Carlotta strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Friday on track for the southern coast of Mexico.
Packing winds of 80 mph, Carlotta was 330 miles southeast of Acapulco, Mexico, shorty before 11 a.m. ET. The U.S. National Hurricane Center reports the system is moving at 12 mph.
Mexico’s government has issued a hurricane warning for the Pacific Coast from Salina Cruz to Acapulco. A watch was posted for Salina Cruz east to Barra de Tonal, and for the area west of Acapulco to Tecpan de Galeana.
The center of the storm is expected to move near or over the coast late Friday or early Saturday and may develop into a Category 2 storm as it approaches land.
Dangerous storm surges are expected, and as much as a foot of rain could cause flash floods and mudslides.