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Tropical Storm Jova Weakens as Rains Drench Western Mexico

October 12, 2011

(Updates storm’s position in second paragraph.)

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Jova weakened as it moved across western Mexico with 50-mile-per-hour winds and heavy rain, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Jova’s top winds fell from 65 mph (105 kilometers per hour) as it moved north at 7 mph, about 30 miles northeast of Puerto Vallarta, according to a center advisory at 2 p.m. East Coast time. The storm went ashore near Manzanillo earlier today as a Category 1 hurricane and may dissipate tomorrow.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect from Manzanillo to El Roblito. The ports of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta are closed, according to a posting on the website of Mexico’s merchant marine.

“Even as Jova weakens and the wind and surge threats decrease, inland flooding over Mexico will remain a major concern,” the center said in a forecast analysis. “Heavy rains due to Jova are likely to continue.”

Jova is expected to drop 6 to 12 inches of rain across the Mexican states of Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit and some spots may receive 20 inches, the center said. The rain may cause “life-threatening flash floods and mudslides over steep terrain,” according to the advisory.

Jalisco Evacuations

The state government of Jalisco suspended school until tomorrow and evacuated 500 people from “high-risk areas,” according to a statement on its website. The storm isn’t likely to affect the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games, scheduled for Oct. 14 in Guadalajara, it said.

In neighboring Nayarit state, Governor Roberto Sandoval yesterday canceled all classes in coastal municipalities and opened 331 shelters, according to the state government website.

West of Jova, in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Irwin is about 480 miles from the southern tip of Baja California with winds of 40 mph. It is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression and dissipate over the Pacific.

The NHC is also monitoring a tropical depression bearing 35 mph winds about 100 miles southeast of Salina Cruz, Mexico. The system will bring 5 to 10 inches of rain to parts of southern Mexico and Guatemala, with 15 inches possible in isolated areas, the center said.

Tropical storm warnings were issued for the Mexican coast from Barra de Tonala to the Guatemalan border.

--With assistance from Carlos M. Rodriguez in Mexico City, Christian Schmollinger in Singapore, Lynn Doan in San Francisco, Sherry Su in London and Randall Hackley in Zurich. Editors: Charlotte Porter, Richard Stubbe

To contact the reporters on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net; Tony C. Dreibus in London at tdreibus@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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