Hurricane Agatha landed on the Mexican coast near beach towns, triggering 105mph winds, heavy rain and possible landslides

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Beach resorts along Mexico’s coastal region of Oaxaca are hit by Hurricane Agatha.Mario Vazquez/Getty Images

  • A Category 2 hurricane, named Agatha, made landfall in Puerto Angel, Mexico on Monday afternoon.

  • The storm is packing winds of 105 mph and promises to bring heavy rain and big waves on Tuesday.

  • A meteorologist told Insider he predicted possible landslides and infrastructure damage.

Hurricane Agatha, a cyclone that could turn out to be the strongest May hurricane to make landfall in the eastern Pacific, made landfall in the southwestern city of Puerto Angel, Mexico at around 5:00 p.m. ET Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

On Monday afternoon, the Category 2 hurricane was moving northeast at 13 km/h, bringing victories at 105 km/h to Oaxaca State in southern Mexico and destinations resort towns that dot the Pacific Southwest coast.

Experts warn that in addition to strong winds, Hurricane Agatha promises to bring powerful waves and trigger other dangerous events, such as mudslides.

The furthest reaches of the storm began battering the region beginning around noon Monday, a meteorologist with forecasting firm AccuWeather, Inc. told Insider.

Agatha could trigger “extremely dangerous coastal flooding from storm surge” in the area where it is expected to make landfall, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida said Monday. The group added that people in its path should be prepared for “potentially deadly hurricane-force winds”.

“We’ve been watching the development potential of this system since early last week,” Paul Walker, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, based in State College, Pennsylvania, told Insider. “They are already starting to feel the outer fringe of this storm along the coast and the strong winds,” he said Monday morning of residents in the Oaxaca region.

Walker added that AccuWeather predicts ramifications from the storm could include landslides and mudslides, road closures, scattered debris, downed power lines and damage to local infrastructure. Some places could see up to two feet of rain, he said, with the NHC predicting those downpours could persist through Tuesday.

Some resort towns are in the hurricane’s path

Right now, the storm is heading toward tourist resorts, including the towns of Huatulco, Mazunte and Zipolite, the Associated Press reported sundayadding that authorities in Huatulco have ordered the “absolute closure” of beaches in the area.

Some of the areas in the region, such as Puerto Escondido, are popular summer surfing destinations. Travel + Leisure touted the town as a “surfer’s paradise” and hailed its “legendary waves” last year.

Walker said AccuWeather predicts Agatha’s strength may weaken somewhat as she moves away from her main source of strength – the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean – and into the mountainous terrain of the Oaxaca region.

Over the next few days, Agatha could steadily move northeast and cross the Atlantic Ocean, Walker said. At this point, the storm could reform somewhere in the northwest Caribbean, possibly later in the week or over the weekend, he added.

“It’s rare to have a hurricane in the Eastern Pacific this time of year,” Walker said, noting that only two other hurricanes have made landfall in the region during the 1971-2021 period. One was in 1971 – also called Hurricane Agatha – and the other, Hurricane Barbara, came in 2013. These storms were less powerful than this current storm when they made landfall, with their peak winds reaching the low to mid-80 mph, Walker said.

Asked if he thought climate change could have influenced Agatha’s earlier-than-usual training or her outsized strength, Walker warned that it would be difficult to make such a connection without further elaboration. information.

But, he said, “ocean waters are warmer – so they definitely add more energy to them.”

Are you in Oaxaca or in an area threatened by Hurricane Agatha? Contact Insider from a safe place to share what you see. Reed Alexander can be reached by email at [email protected], or by text or via the encrypted Signal app at (561) 247-5758.

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