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Tropical Storm Cristobal forms, flood threat for Mexico

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 10:32 AM
The swollen Los Esclavos River flows violently during tropical storm Amanda in Cuilapa, eastern Guatemala, Sunday, May 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Cristobal formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, bringing some flooding to Mexico’s southern Gulf coast and threatening more deadly inundations farther inland.

Cristobal was the earliest third named storm of an Atlantic hurricane season on record; in 2016, Tropical Storm Colin formed in the Gulf on June 5.

The US National Hurricane Center said Cristobal was now expected to dip inland along the Mexican coast near the low-lying, flood-prone city of Ciudad del Carmen and meander there for a couple of days.

That could pump a huge amount of water into coastal lagoons behind the city.

Police in Campeche state, where Ciudad del Carmen is located, said they have already closed several highways because of flooding.

By Friday, the storm is expected to make a northward turn and head towards the US Gulf coast, where the Hurricane Center said “there is a risk of storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts this weekend along portions of the US Gulf Coast from Texas to the Florida Panhandle.”

By late Tuesday, Cristobal was centred about 50 miles northwest of Ciudad del Carmen, and the Hurricane Center said the storm was heading to the south at one miles per hour.

It had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. 

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