Tropical storm Pilar heads for devastated Mexico in latest shock weather warning

Sunday, September 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

MEXICO will reel from further disaster after a tropical storm threatens to batter the Southwestern coast, just days after a two earthquakes struck the country.

Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Heavy rain accumulated by Tropical Storm Pilar of three to seven inches, with potential maximum amounts of 15 inches over western parts of Michoacan, Colima, Jalischo, Nayarit, and Sinaloa, will hit through Monday night, The National Hurricane Center said.

The rainfall could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, it warned.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico from Manzanillo northward to El Roblito – and the Isles maria – with conditions will build up within the next 12 to 36 hours, the agency confirmed.

Pilar had maximum sustained winds of 40mph and the winds could strengthen as it nears landfall.

The revelations come after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck Mexico City on Thursday.

The killer quake destroyed more than 50 buildings in the sprawling Mexican capital, leaving thousands homeless and nearly 300 people dead nationwide.

A second earthquake, wielding a magnitude of 6.1, struck southeast of the town of Mat Was Romero in Oaxaca, Mexico.

According to the National Seismological Centre in Mexico there were three tremors, measuring on the Richter Scale 6.1 at 7:52am, 5.2 at 8:24am and 5 at 8:25am.

Residents of Mexico City ran into the streets and rescuers stopped picking up the rubble left by the big tremor earlier this week.

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