Hurricane Barbara Landfall In Mexico: Will Storm Hit Texas? [VIDEO & REPORT]
Hurricane Barbara made landfall on the southern Pacific coast on Wednesday as the hurricane struck the state of Oaxaca. According to records, Barbara marks the second earliest landfall since 1966.
According to Oaxaca director of civil defense Manuel Maza Sanchez, Hurricane Barbara has already claimed the lives of two victims.
The first victim was a 61-year-old man from Colorado. The American was killed while surfing at Playa Azul beach of the Puerto Escondido resort town. Hurricane Barbara made landfall approximately 120 miles east of the beach. Sanchez announced the man was dragged out by Hurricane Barbara waves and was later found battered against the shore.
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The second victim was a 26-year-old Mexican man that drowned while attempting to cross a rain-swollen creek. The incident took place in the city of Pinotepa Nacional.
Hurricane Barbara made landfall on a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico's southern Pacific coast Wednesday, the second-earliest landfall since reliable record-keeping began in 1966. At least two people were killed, including a man identified by local officials as a U.S. surfer.
At the heart of the landfall zone of Hurricane Barbara, 14 fishermen of Tapanatepec, Oaxaca, were out at sea Wednesday morning and never returned.
Oaxaca has responded to the Hurricane Barbara landfall as officials rushed to prepare emergency shelters. Schools were suspended in coastal communities.
Another critical area of the landfall region is the Gulf oil port at Coatzacoalcos. Coatzacoalcos is at the other side of Mexico's narrow waist. According to the hurricane center, Hurricane Barbara is expected to be significantly weakened by the time it reaches the oil port.
While there is a possibility of Hurricane Barbara regaining strength as it reaches the Gulf of Mexico, local news station kristv.com reported that Hurricane Barbara will not pose a threat to the Texas southern coastline. However, areas will experience winds of up to 40 mph.
The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided the following public advisory of Hurricane Barbara:
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ AT 500 PM PDT...0000 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM BARBARA WAS LOCATED INLAND OVER SOUTHEASTERN MEXICO NEAR LATITUDE 16.7 NORTH... LONGITUDE 93.9 WEST. BARBARA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHEAST NEAR 9 MPH...15 KM/H...AND A TURN TOWARD THE NORTH IS EXPECTED TONIGHT. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE OVER SOUTHEASTERN MEXICO TONIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY...AND INTO THE EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO AS A REMNANT LOW LATER ON THURSDAY. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 60 MPH...95 KM/H... WITH HIGHER GUSTS. RAPID WEAKENING WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY...AND BARBARA IS EXPECTED TO DISSIPATE WITHIN THE NEXT DAY OR SO. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES...110 KM FROM THE CENTER. AN AUTOMATED MEXICAN NAVY OBSERVING STATION AT PAREDON IN CHIAPAS MEASURED A PEAK GUST TO 75 MPH...120 KM/H SEVERAL HOURS AGO. THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 993 MB...29.32 INCHES. HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- RAINFALL...BARBARA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES OVER EASTERN OAXACA AND WESTERN CHIAPAS MEXICO... WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 20 INCHES POSSIBLE IN SOUTHEASTERN OAXACA. THESE RAINS COULD CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES. WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE AFFECTING THE COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA. THESE CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY CONTINUE OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS. STORM SURGE...WATER LEVELS ALONG THE COAST OF THE GULF OF TEHUANTEPEC SHOULD BE SUBSIDING DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.
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