Tropical Depression 3-E, located just off the southwestern coast of Mexico is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm before making landfall around midnight on Monday, June 12 (local time). According current predictions by to the US-based National Hurricane Center, the storm is first expected to hit Oaxaca state (Salina Cruz area), before continuing in a west-northwesterly direction (e.g. towards Puebla and/or Guerrero states), weakening as it moves inland. Torrential rains and sustained winds of up to 55 km/h (35 mph) are forecast for Oaxaca, particularly in the coastal zones. Adverse weather conditions are also to be anticipated in the coming hours and days in the states of Chiapas, Campeche, Puebla, Tabasco, Veracruz, Michoacán, and Guerrero.
Flooding and landslides are possible, notably in low-lying and/or river adjacent areas and in hilly zones, respectively. Associated road travel disruptions are also possible.
Mexico's Pacific hurricane season extends from May 15 to November 30 (and in the Atlantic from June 1 to November 30), with the largest concentration of storms typically occurring between August and October.
Individuals present in affected states are advised to keep abreast of weather forecasts and to adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities. In the event of flooding, keep in mind that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products.
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