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Hurricane Barbara reaches south Mexico


07:58, May 30, 2013

MEXICO CITY, May 29 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Hurricane Center reported Wednesday that Hurricane Barbara has reached the Pacific coast of Mexico's southern state of Chiapas.

The category-one hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers an hour and reached land 35 kilometers west of the Chiapas town of Tonala, the agency said.

The National Meteorological Service of Mexican Water Commission (Conagua) said the tropical storm turned into a hurricane at 1 pm local time (1800 GMT) Wednesday and was expected to make landfall by about 5 pm local time (2200 GMT).

Barbara is moving north-northeast at 17 kilometers per hour, with a hurricane warning in effect for an area extending from Tonala to Salina Cruz in Oaxaca state.

Conagua called for communities in the southern Mexican states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero as well as those in Veracruz, Tabasco and Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico to watch out for possible downpours, strong winds, flooding, landslides and rise in river levels.

According to Conagua, Barbara is the first of some 17 hurricanes expected in Mexico during the current hurricane season, which continues until November.

"Seafaring vessels along the coast of Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas should exercise caution, because winds can reach 150 kilometers per hour and surge two to four meters," said Conagua.

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