Barry, the second tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, made landfall in Mexico, Thursday - bringing the risk of “life-threatening” flash flooding and mudslides, the National Hurricane Center said.
Up to 10 inches of rain could hit some parts of southern Mexico, it said in an 11 a.m. ET advisory as the storm packed maximum sustained winds of 40 mph in the eastern state of Veracruz.
The storm was expected to move slowly west over land before weakening.
“Although Barry will continue to weaken and dissipate into a remnant low, it will remain a significant threat through the end of the week,” weather.com reported.
Veracruz state Civil Protection Secretary Noemi Guzman said 2,000 shelters had been readied in the state with mattresses, blankets, water and canned food, according to weather.com
The port of Veracruz was closed to small vessels because of the strong winds, Guzman added.
The NHC said the heavy rains “could cause life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides…especially in mountainous areas.”