Tropical Depression Three-E Bringing Flood and Mudslide Threat to Mexico and Central America

Brian Donegan
Published: June 12, 2017

Tropical Depression Three-E continues to move very slowly near the Pacific coast of Mexico where heavy rain could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides early this week.

Here's the latest from the National Hurricane Center:

  • Tropical Depression Three-E is located about 75 miles east-southeast of Puerto Angel, Mexico.
  • The depression could strengthen into Tropical Storm Calvin on Monday.
  • The tropical cyclone will move inland along the coast of southern Mexico by early Tuesday.
  • Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are possible along the coasts of southern Guatemala and southeastern Mexico.
  • This system is no threat to the U.S. mainland.

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Current Storm Status

Tropical Depression Three-E is expected to move slowly northwestward and move inland along the coast of southern Mexico by early Tuesday morning.

Some strengthening is possible and the depression could become Tropical Storm Calvin before it slides inland.


Projected Path

Tropical storm warnings have been posted over parts of the southeastern Mexican coast from Boca de Pijijiapan to Punta Maldonado. This means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

Tropical-storm-force winds – 39 mph or greater – are expected to first reach the coast within portions of the warning area on Monday.


Tropical Storm Watches/Warnings

Regardless of the system's strength, heavy rain is the main threat to Mexico and southern Guatemala.

Five to 10 inches of rainfall are forecast across southern Guatemala and the Mexican states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero, with isolated amounts up to 20 inches possible.

These rainfall totals could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in some areas into midweek.


Rainfall Forecast Through Wednesday

Check back with us at weather.com for updates on this system.

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