Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jova Hammering Mexico...Widespread Flooding Major Threat Now

The center of Hurricane Jova made landfall late yesterday evening near Careyes, Mexico. The system has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, and the latest visible and infrared satellite images are shown below.

Sustained winds of 80-90 mph with gusts of 100-130 mph overnight have resulted in widespread power outages along much of the affected coastal regions of the states of Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco.  Widespread tree damage and structural damage have also been reported in these areas.

So far, the government of Mexico is reporting 1 injury and no deaths, but they caution that the lack of power has shut down communication across much of the region, and debris and flooding are blocking roadways and preventing rescuers from entering many areas...

The winds within Jova will continue to wind down today as the system moves further inland.  The big story now is torrential rainfall from this system.  So far, an estimated 6-12 inches of rain has already fallen in many coastal areas, with an additional 6-12 inches possible today.   The photos below (via twitter) were taken near Colima, some 80+ miles away from where the center made landfall:

As you can see, the affects of this system are being felt (and felt significantly) well away from where the center of the storm made landfall last night...

I'll update this post with additional photos and videos as they become available later today...

**Update 8pm CDT 10/13/11:

A photo of the flooding in Manzanillo:

Videos of the flooding are now showing up on YouTube, mainly from the Colima region:

This AP video gives somewhat of a recap across the entire region:

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