Saturday, May 29, 2010

First Pacific Storm of the Season Heads for Guatemala

Tropical Storm Agatha is expected to make landfall on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. The Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm could drop up to 20 inches of rain across Guatemala, El Salvador, and parts of Mexico which are likely to cause landslides and flooding.

In Guatemala, the flooding could be worse than usual because the ash from Volcan Pacaya will obstruct both natural and man-made drainage systems.

Pacaya began erupting on Thursday and has spread 2 to 5 centimeters of volcanic ash (which is rough black sand and gravel) over three departments of Guatemala including all of Guatemala City. Some ash has fallen as far away as Alta Verapaz.

Keep up on the latest storm positions and weather conditions here:

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