Tropical storm Beatriz nears coast of Mexico's Oaxaca state

Tropical storm Beatriz nears coast of Mexico's Oaxaca state

Tropical storm Beatriz nears coast of Mexico's Oaxaca state

NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured a visible image of TD2E at 1145 UTC (7:45 a.m. EDT) as it lingered in the Eastern Pacific Ocean near southwestern Mexico.

The agency said Beatriz will move inland early Friday morning.

Imbedded within this moisture is the remnant circulation of what was tropical storm "Beatriz" which came ashore Thursday. evening on the Pacific side of Central Mexico.

Beatriz made landfall near Puerto Angel, Mexico, on Thursday night.

Heavy rain and flash flooding were likely along Mexico's southern coast, the center said.

Mexican authorities reported two slides blocking roads in the region.

Puerto Angel recorded 247 mm (nearly 10 inches) of rain in the 24 hours ending on Friday evening.

Parts of the southern mountains in Oaxaca may be inundated with extreme rainfall totals to 450 mm (18 inches). Major flood warnings are in force for locations in Oaxaca, and localized flooding is forecast for the states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Veracruz.

Hurricane season officially starts on June 1st for the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, but Mother Nature is a step ahead as a Tropical Depression formed near southern Mexico. As it tracks to the north it should run into the high terrain of South Mexico by this weekend, keeping it from developing further.

Although this system is not expected to directly impact the United States, storms early in the season can bring moisture northward.

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