Tuesday, 21 June 2011 07:11

Hurricane Beatriz Approaches Puerto Vallarta, Classes Cancelled

Written by Mariano Montes De Oca
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Update: Mexico's National Weather Service has reported that after heavy rains this morning, Hurricane Beatriz has been downgraded to a tropical storm, and is moving away from Mexico's coast. Rains are expected to continue over the coming days. (3:00pm local time)

Jalisco's Secretary of Education has cancelled classes in 5 counties including Puerto Vallarta today due to the approach of Hurricane Beatriz, now classified as a level 1 hurricane. Mexico's National Weather Service has issued a special alert for nine states, and the organization is recommending restricting traffic, aviation and shipping in these areas.

According to The Mexican Meteorological Service (SMN) Beatriz is expected to reach land in the area around Colima and Jalisco in next 24 hours. According to the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Beatriz will be 100 miles (160 km) west of Puerto Vallarta at 1am CST June 22, 2011.

CNN reported that Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico state, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Tabasco and Veracruz are all advised of the possibility of severe storms caused by the passing of Hurricane Beatriz. As the weather transforms from a tropical storm into a hurricane, there is the risk of mudslides and floods.

On Monday afternoon, some areas of Guerrero state experienced landslides and flooding, with minimal damage.

Read more about Beatriz here

 Satellite Imagery of Beatriz - Wunderground.

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