A tropical depression that formed off the southern coast of Mexico strengthened into Tropical Storm Beatriz before making landfall in Oaxaca state late on Thursday, June 1. Beatriz has since weakened into a tropical depression as it moves inland. According current predictions by to the US-based National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to continue moving in a northeasterly direction (towards Veracruz state) before dissipating by the end of Friday.
Torrential rains are forecast - up to 50 cm (20 in) in some areas - along with maximum sustained winds of 56 km/h (35 mph). Flooding and landslides have already been reported in Oaxaca, notably in low-lying/river-adjacent areas and in hilly zones, leaving at least two people dead. Adverse weather conditions are also expected in Guerrero, Veracruz, and Chiapas states on Friday. Associated travel disruptions are to be anticipated.
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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