A low pressure system located off the Pacific coast of southern Mexico has strengthened into Tropical Depression 2-E and is expected to make landfall on Thursday, June 1, in Oaxaca state. According current predictions by to the US-based National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to move in a north-northeasterly direction, crossing Oaxaca and Veracruz states before moving out into the Gulf of Mexico on the afternoon/evening of June 2. Torrential rains are forecast, along with sustained winds of up to 63 km/h (39 mph) in Oaxaca. Torrential rains are also forecast for Veracruz, Puebla, and Guerrero states, and, to a lesser extent, parts of Michoacán, Chiapas, Morelos, and Estado de México (which surrounds the capital Mexico City).
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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