Acapulco, Guerrero — Tropical storm Marty earned hurricane status as it made its way toward Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Monday.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the newly formed hurricane is threatening the area with large amounts of heavy rain in the early part of the week.
As of Tuesday morning, Marty was spotted about 145 miles (233 kms) west of Acapulco, heading northeast at about 6 miles per hour. Maximum sustained wind measurements were recorded at 80 mph (129 kmp), reported NHC.
The hurricane center suspects Marty will make its way to the southwestern coast during Tuesday and Wednesday. Although Marty is expected to weaken Tuesday as it nears land, a hurricane warning has been put into effect from Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero to the port of Lazaro Cardenas. Weather experts are saying it’s possible Marty has the potential to be close to hurricane strength while nearing the coast.
Weather forecasters are saying Marty, which has already been downgraded to a tropical storm, will likely produce between 6 and 12 inches (15 cm to 30 cm) of rain in Guerrero and could produce even more in other areas. In the state of Michoacan, lesser amounts of rainfall are expected.