Carlotta weakens to tropical depression causing heavy rain in Mexico

    18 de junio de 2018

    Mexico City, Jun 17 (efe-epa).- The cyclone Carlotta, which in the last few hours has degraded to a tropical depression, continues near the Mexican coast causing heavy rainfall in several states, although less intense, reported the National Meteorological Service (SMN) Sunday.

    "The tropical depression Carlotta continues to weaken to the south of Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan. Its cloud bands are causing strong thunderstorms with intense rain in the southern, central and western states of Mexico," the SMN said in a bulletin.

    At 22.00h, Carlotta, which started forming Jun. 15 off the southern state of Guerrero, was located 90 km (56 miles) south of Lazaro Cardenas and 85 km southwest of Zihuatanejo (Guerrero).

    The cyclone is advancing at a speed of 7 km/h (4.3 mph) towards the west-northwest with sustained winds of 45 km/h and gusts of 65 km/h.

    Cloud bands are causing thunderstorms and 75 to 150 millimeters of heavy rains have been recorded in the states of Michoacan, Guerrero, Colima and Oaxaca.

    Rainfall of 50 to 75 millimeters have also been recorded in Jalisco, State of Mexico and Morelos as well, SMN said.

    A surveillance zone has been established on the coasts of Michoacan and Guerrero.

    Carlotta has so far left four people with minor injuries, 41 houses flooded, uprooted trees, damaged billboards and several areas with power outages, authorities reported Sunday.