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Beatriz Weakens After Sideswiping SW Mexico

UPDATED 2 PM PDT, June 21, 2011

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, James West

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Beatriz, the second hurricane of the young eastern Pacific hurricane season has sideswiped the southwestern Mexico coast and is now weakening quickly as a tropical storm. However, it will continue to bring battering waves and tropical downpours capable of producing flooding and mudslides through this afternoon before it pushes completely out to sea.

As of 2 p.m. PDT, Tropical Storm Beatriz was located near 19.0 N and 106.5 W, or about 110 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corriente, Mexico, or 345 miles southeast of the southern tip of Baja California. Maximum sustained winds are down to 60 mph and the minimum central pressure is 995 mb or 29.38 inches of mercury. Beatriz is heading toward the west at 12 mph.

The storm will continue to move to the west, away from the Mexico coast. All tropical weather advisories along the Mexico coast have been discontinued. Further weakening is expected with Beatriz, and it will fall apart on Wednesday.

Hurricane Beatriz is expected to produce 6 to 12 inches of rain along the southwestern coast of Mexico, including the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero, with totals possibly reaching as high as 20 inches over the mountainous terrain. This type of rainfall could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Elsewhere, the remainder of the Pacific tropics and the Atlantic Basin remain quiet. Now is a good time to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. Make a list of necessary hurricane preparation items, including water, food and batteries. In addition, scout out multiple evacuation routes from your area in case the best one is blocked or congested. For additional preparation advice, click here.

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