Pine rain threatens to turn Hurricane Beto into a strong tropical storm

A hurricane hunter aircraft and the hurricane center are tracking a dangerous hurricane developing in the eastern Pacific, and Tropical Storm Beto is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by the time it reaches land late Monday or early Tuesday.

Farther west, Tropical Storm Billy continued to churn in the Gulf of Mexico and was expected to become a tropical storm on Monday.

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Late Sunday, Hurricane Beto stalled just east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It was more than halfway to the Mexico border as it moved toward the Texas coast, the hurricane center said. It warned that heavy rains are possible there.

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Tropical Storm Beto

Weather updates from the state’s Weather Prediction Center:

The storm’s centre is about 435 miles southeast of Mexico City on Sunday and centered about 35 miles south-southeast of Talarico in the central Pacific.

It is moving northwest at 9 mph and is likely to remain offshore Monday. The storm is likely to persist over the central Pacific on Monday and Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Beto is a significant blow to Mexico as the state struggles with drought, migration and devastation from Hurricane Ivan that killed at least 39 people last month. The state has also suffered catastrophic flooding due to recent landslides, a swollen river in September and a devastating drought.

Heavy rains are expected in the southeastern part of the state, the hurricane center said.

The downpours are forecast to cause major flooding. Large amounts of rain may produce catastrophic flash flooding. The heaviest rain has already fallen in Mexico, the hurricane center said.

The states of the northeast are seeing a warm and humid start to the year but the rains will dry out and continue until late in the week. Rainfall will range from 1-2 inches in the north and the northern part of the state.

Up until Saturday morning, winter-like conditions moved across northern Mexico, temperatures reached as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Parts of the state of Veracruz, south of Chihuahua, had the hottest temperatures of the year.

Heavy rains continue to fall in Guerrero, southern Oaxaca and central Michoacan. More than 700 structures have been reported flooded due to heavy rains. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has started taking shelter at the San Luis Potosi airport, which was flooded.

Parts of the state of Mexico saw record rainfall in September. At least 30.5 inches were reported at the Nuestra Senora de los Medio Oriente alone. Two days of heavy rainfall, combined with a stretch of drought conditions, resulted in major floods across Mexico.

Tropical storm Irma

Also on Sunday, Tropical Storm Irma lashed Puerto Rico as it struck the southeastern Caribbean. It was about 70 miles east of Antigua. It brought maximum sustained winds of around 50 mph.

The storm is expected to weaken significantly in the coming days but winds of 55 to 65 mph may continue for at least several days. The hurricane center said Irma could become a tropical storm early next week.

Irma started as a tropical storm early Saturday after it hit Barbuda and then moved through the eye of the eye of the eye, gaining strength. Its eye briefly barreled into the eastern coast of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, a blow that left hundreds of people homeless, destroying hundreds of homes and making roads impassable.

Irma is located 10 miles east of the Virgin Islands and 30 miles east of Anguilla. The British Virgin Islands were ordered to brace for the worst.

The U.S. government, state and local governments across the Caribbean region are ready to absorb and evacuate from Irma’s effects. They are moving to share information about evacuations and preparations.

To see how communities are responding to Irma, check out the storm hotline created by FEMA.

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