MEXICO CITY – Tropical Storm Tara has formed off the coast of the western Mexican states of Colima and Michoacan, the country’s National Weather Service (SMN) said on Monday.
At 12:00 pm, the storm was 120 kilometers (74.6 miles) southwest of Punta San Telmo, Michoacan, the SMN said.
Tara is now moving at 4 km/h (2.5 mph) west-northwest with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (40.4 mph) and gusts of up to 85 km/h (52.8 mph).
“Its circulation favors the abundant access of humidity in the western, southern and central states of the country,” according to the bulletin.
The SMN forecast included intense storms in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas and Chiapas, as well as very strong storms in San Luis Potosi, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Puebla and Veracruz.
The service recommended extreme caution due to heavy rains, strong winds, as well as waves two to three meters (6.5-10 feet) high for the coasts of Michoacan, Jalisco, Colima and Guerrero.