All eyes are set on the west coast of Mexico now that the Eastern Pacific hurricane season has officially begun.
From May 15 until November 30, Mexico’s National Weather Service says they are predicting 15 named storms, eight of which will become hurricanes. Of those eight, they say they are anticipating three to become major hurricanes of a Category 3 or higher.
While the formation of a tropical cyclone is possible any time of the year, the first tropical depression in the Pacific has already been recorded for 2018. On May 10, Tropical Depression One-E formed and dissipated two days later.
Rosario Romero Centeno, researcher at the Center for Atmospheric Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, says that all coastal states are vulnerable but there is a greater probability that a tropical cyclone will penetrate Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacán and Jalisco during the months of September and October.
She warned that even systems that do not reach hurricane status, which are the ones that occur the most frequently, can cause serious damage due to heavy rains that cause flooding and mudslides along the coastal zones.
For the 2018 Pacific Hurricane Season, the US National Hurricane Center says the names for this year’s tropical cyclones are Aletta, Bud, Carlotta, Daniel, Emilia, Fabio, Gilma, Hector, Ileana, John, Kristy, Lane, Miriam, Norman, Olivia, Paul, Rosa, Sergio, Tara, Vicente, Willa, Xavier, Yolanda and Zeke.
The hurricane season is an ongoing event that monitors the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formations. In the Eastern Pacific, hurricane season officially begins May 15. In the Central Pacific and Atlantic, monitoring of the season begins June 1. Hurricane season for all three regions runs until November 30.