Mexican government officials issued a tropical storm warning and hurricane watch Monday morning for the Western coast of Mexico, prompting officials in the popular resort town Acapulco to prepare over 120 emergency shelters and urging residents/travelers to stay indoors. Tropical Storm Andres, formed just yesterday, is currently situated 120 miles southwest of Zihuatanejo off the southwestern coast of Mexico. However, Andres is picking up speed and strength, and forecasters fear it may develop into a hurricane within the next few days.
TS Andres is currently moving north to northwest, tracing the coastline, but even the slightest turn north could result in coastal contact. Even if Andres never reaches land, the tropical storm will bring heavy rain, strong winds and high waves (12 to 15 feet high) — including deadly rip currents. Residents and travelers to the Pacific South should be extra cautious and stay indoors until further word from officials.
For further information and updates on Andres and other tropical storms, visit the National Hurricane Center.
Rachel Anderson is a staff writer/editor for VIVA Travel Guides.