Barbara weakens to tropical depression after making landfall, killing two
Thursday, May 30, 2013, 9:44 AM -
Barbara came ashore as a hurricane on Wednesday, making landfall as a Category 1 storm on a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico's southern Pacific coast.
According to officials at least two people were killed, including a man identified by local officials as a U.S. surfer.
Barbara came ashore with winds of about 120 km/h, but quickly lost power as it moved inland.
It was downgraded to a tropical storm Wednesday evening and continued to weaken further to a tropical depression.
This was the second earliest landfall in the Pacific season since reliable record keeping began in 1966.
The government of Mexico has discontinued all tropical storm warnings, but heavy rains continue to cause a significant flood threat over parts of southeastern Mexico.
Barbara is expected to produce total rain accumulations of up to 250 mm in some places.
These rains could cause life threatening flash floods and mudslides.
In just 18 hours, Arriage in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, recorded over 400 mm of rain.