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SMN forecasts torrential rains for Quintana Roo with passing of Agatha

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Remnants of Agatha are expected to cross the southwest of the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday morning and enter the south of the Yucatan Peninsula during the afternoon.

According to Mexico’s Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), the system will generate torrential rains in Quintana Roo. The very heavy to intense rains could increase rivers and stream levels and create landslides and floods in low-lying areas of Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche and Yucatán.

For Wednesday, the SMN reports the state of Quintana Roo could see between 150 to 250 millimeters of rain. In addition to torrential rains, strong gusts of wind of between 60 and 70 kms/hour and high waves of between two to three meters are expected.

On Thursday, the low pressure zone associated with the remnants of Agatha will be located over the Yucatan Peninsula and the western Caribbean Sea. During Friday and Saturday, it will move through the eastern Gulf of Mexico and approach the Florida Peninsula, ceasing to affect Mexican territory.

According to the NOAA, the remnants of Agatha have an 80 percent chance of further development into a tropical depression over the next five days as it heads toward Florida. June 1 marks the first official day of the Atlantic Hurricane season.