Tropical storm Darby reaches hurricane strength off Mexican coast

14:19, June 25, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Mexicans dwelling along the country's southern coast were warned Thursday to prepare for the approaching Tropical Storm Darby which had reached hurricane strength earlier in the day.

State broadcasters issued the warning by saying that the tropical storm was picking up speed some 375 km off the coast of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The storm already has winds gusting up to 120 km per hour (kph), making it a Category One hurricane.

The state National Meteorology Service (SMN) is forecasting strong winds, choppy seas and torrential rains to affect Oaxaca and its adjacent state of Guerrero.

Nearby Mexican state of Jalisco continues to suffer from adverse conditions because of Hurricane Celia, now a Category Two hurricane, which is 1,150 km southwest of Jalisco's coastal town of Cihuatlan.

The SMN has said there is more than a 70-percent chance of heavy rains from the weather system, even though it is still at a distance from the coast.

The Pacific has seen an especially active hurricane season this year, with the first named storm, Agatha, striking before the official June 1 start of the hurricane season.

Agatha has killed 156 people in Guatemala and caused fewer deaths and lesser destruction in neighboring El Salvador and Honduras. The hurricane also dumped rains over southern Mexico without causing casualties.

Storms with wind velocity of between 56 km and 102 km per hour are rated as tropical storms while Category One and Category Two hurricanes are those with wind speeds of up to 104 kph and 135 kph.

Wind speeds of over 159 kph, 190 kph and 220 kph are declared Category Three, Four and Five major hurricanes respectively.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • A man visits "Thy Word Is Truth, the Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China", during its opening at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington DC, capital of the United States, Sept. 28, 2011. Through the Bible's various Chinese versions, ancient or modern, as well as pictures, paintings, calligraphy, art works and historical documents, the exhibition was expected to give an overall understanding of how Bible was brought into China, how it was translated, published, distributed and loved. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
  • A visitor passes by in the exhibition of Istanbul design week on Sept. 28, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul design week will be hosting designers and design exhibitions from around the world in Istanbul from Sept 28 to Oct 2 with the participation of 25 countries. (Xinhua/Ma yan)
  • Red flag flies at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept. 28, 2011. A spokesperson with China's manned space program said Wednesday that fuel has been injected into the Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket in preparation for launching the Tiangong-1 space module Thursday evening as planned. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)
  • A militant loyal to the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) waves in a tank near Bani Walid, one of the pro-Muammar Gaddafi strongholds, on Sept. 28, 2011. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)
  • Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City on Sept. 28, 2011, ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the two-day Jewish new year which will begin at sunset on Sept. 28 and conclude at nightfall on Sept. 30. (Xinhua/Muammar Awad)
  • High school student Johanna Choapa is helped by her father after announcing the end of hunger strike in Santiago, capital of Chile, on Sept. 28, 2011. The end of the strike took place to make way for a dialogue with the government, seeking to resolve the four-month crisis in the education sector. (Xinhua/Jorge Villegas)
Hot Forum Discussion