Acapulco, Mexico — The eye of Hurricane Carlos has weakened slightly, but the US National Hurricane center says they expect the storm to regain its punch.
The storm, which is hovering over the Mexican region of the Pacific Ocean, has been labeled a Category 1 storm. Carlos is still about 80 miles south-southwest of the popular resort city of Acapulco, and could bring with it top sustained winds of 74 mph.
A hurricane warning is in effect from Punta San Telmo to Tecpan de Galen, including Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, while a hurricane watch is in place from west of Punta San Telmo to Manzaillo. From east of Tecpan de Galeana to Punta Maldonado, including Acapulco, is a tropical storm warning.
Acapulco has reported sustained winds up to 30 mph, with a peak gust to 41 mph as of early Sunday morning. Carlos is currently moving very slowly and will continue its slow movement parallel, with the Mexican coast into Monday. After Monday, Carlos may turn toward the north-northwest, potentially moving inland Tuesday in Colima or Jalisco states.
When and if it hits land, rainfall totals of 6 to 10 inches are expected across the southwestern coast of Mexico through Tuesday, with locally higher amounts up to 15 inches. Due to the large amounts of rain that is expected, forecasters are warning people of possible flash floods and mudslides. Swells generated by Carlos will produce high surf and rip currents along the Mexican Riviera coast the next few days.
Carlos was named Thursday morning after first forming as Tropical Depression Three-E on Wednesday afternoon. Carlos was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane on Saturday morning. According to hurricane specialist Michael Lowry of The Weather Channel, only four other eastern Pacific hurricane seasons have recorded their third named storm by June 11.
Hurricane Carlos is the third hurricane in the eastern Pacific for the 2015 season.