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Tropical Storm Dolores Damage and Recovery

June 19, 2021 At 10 a.m. CDT, the center of Tropical Storm Dolores was making landfall about 50 miles (75 km) southeast of Manzanillo, Mexico. It's moving toward the north-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight. On the forecast track, the center of Dolores will move farther inland across western Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from the center.

Now that Dolores is making landfall, rapid weakening is expected later today and tonight while the center moves inland over the mountainous terrain of west-central Mexico. Dolores is likely to dissipate over west-central Mexico on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Dolores will produce heavy rainfall of 6

to 10 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches across coastal sections of the Mexican states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit, and southern Sinaloa through the weekend. This will likely produce life threatening flash flooding and mudslides. Additionally, 2 to 4 inches of rainfall with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches is expected for western Oaxaca.

A storm surge is expected to produce coastal flooding near and to the east of where the center makes landfall. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.


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