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Barbara becomes Pacific's first hurricane of 2013

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    Thursday, May 30, 2013, 5:40 AM -

    Barbara has officially become the Pacific's first hurricane of 2013.

    It reached land as a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday afternoon, but weakened to a tropical storm over southeastern Mexico.

    A 61 year-old surfer and a 26 year-old man were killed. Fourteen fishermen have been reported missing.

    Image of Hurricane Barbara Wednesday afternoon. Courtesy: NOAA

    Image of Hurricane Barbara Wednesday afternoon. Courtesy: NOAA

    The government of Mexico issued hurricane warnings from Puerto Angel to Barra de Tonala with hurricane conditions possible within the next 12 to 24 hours. 

    Heavy rainfall and flooding continue to be the main threats associated with this storm.

    According to the NHC, Barbara is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 100-200 mm of rain over eastern Oaxaca and western Chiapas Mexico, with isolated maximum amounts of 300 mm possible. 

    Officials say these rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

    The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and forecasters expect an active year.

    With files from the CBC

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