LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Hurricane Carlotta 2012 is threatening Acapulco, Mexico today. Hurricane Carlotta is advancing towards Mexico and towns including Puerto Angel, officials told news this morning. Carlotta was upgraded to hurricane status Friday consistent with predictions issued by the National Hurricane Center earlier this week.
Hurricane Carlotta, in a projected path report issued Wednesday, was to arrive in Mexico this afternoon. But in a news briefing Friday morning, NHC said that Hurricane Carlotta is currently roughly one hundred miles southeast of Puerto Angel. Additionally, Carlotta is now about three hundred miles southeast of Acapulco.
Hurricane Carlotta is increasing in strengthen as it reaches Mexico’s western coast. It’s now packing winds of 80 mph and moving northwest at roughly 12 mph.
Warnings were issued to news today, not just by NHC officials, but also by the Government of Mexico. The government issued to news a hurricane watch for residents from Punta Maldonado to Acapulco, and a hurricane warning for residents west of Acapulco to Tecpan de Galeana. The NHC, in turn, is warning the region of Salina Cruz to Acapulco, and issuing a watch for Salina Cruz to Barra de Tonala and Acapulco to Tecpan de Galeana.
In a news statement this morning, NHC said that “Carlotta could become a category two hurricane as the center approaches the coast of Mexico. An air force reserve hurricane hunter aircraft is currently en route to investigate Carlotta.”