The first storm of what is expected to be an active hurricane season has reached land, as Tropical Storm Arlene slammed into Cabo Rojo, Mexico, around 60 miles (100 km) south of Tampico.
“Rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected over the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and eastern San Luis Potosi,” Oakland, Calif.-based catastrophe modeling EQECAT INC. stated in a release. “Isolated rainfall amounts of up to 15 inches are possible over mountainous terrain, with the potential for life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. A storm surge may raise water levels by 2 to 4 feet above the normal tide along the immediate coast near and to the north of where the center makes landfall.”
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