Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Mexico has named its second hurricane of the 2023 season. Both hurricanes, which developed in the same week, formed in the Pacific. On Friday, Tropical Storm Beatriz took on a Category 1 hurricane status.
Beatriz soaked at least six coastal states as she passed by land on her way out to sea. Torrential rains were forecast Friday along the west coast of Mexico due to the storm.
According to the National Water Commission (Conagua), winds of 80 kilometers per hour were felt in parts of Michoacán, while 90 kilometer per hour winds were recorded west-southwest of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero.
Beatriz moved along Mexico’s Pacific coast at 20 kilometers per hour. Her cloud bands caused the occasional torrential rains of 150 to 250 millimeters in the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán and Guerrero, and intense rain of 75 to 150 millimeters in Oaxaca and Chiapas.
Beatriz has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Beatriz developed after Adrian, a hurricane that has since intensified to a category 2. However, Hurricane Adrian is more than 700 kilometers out to sea off Baja California Sur.
In the Atlantic, there was an NOAA forecast for a hurricane in June, but the storm failed to develop past a tropical system. The Cancun 2023 hurricane season remains quiet and uneventful when compared to Mexico’s Pacific side.
In April, forecasters said the Atlantic would likely see an El Niño season, which means less activity. When the Atlantic tropics experience El Niño, unfavorable winds decrease the chance of storm development, while in the Pacific, according to AccuWeather, it increases the likeliness of activity.