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Tropical Storm Carlotta to make landfall late Saturday, early Sunday

June 16 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Carlotta was drifting off the coast of Mexico and was expected to make landfall by late Saturday or early Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday.

The center of the storm, which formed Friday, was about 70 miles south-southeast of Acapulco, Mexico, and 50 miles west-southwest of Punta Maldonado, Mexico, the NHC said in its 5 p.m. CDT update. The storm had 50 mph sustained winds and was moving north at 1 mph.

Topical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles.

There was a tropical storm warning in effect for the Mexican coast between Acapulco and Lagunas de Chacahua.

Forecasters predicted between 3 inches and 6 inches of rain along the Guerrero and Oaxaca coasts, with isolated rainfall up to 10 inches possible. The rain could cause life-threatening floods and mudslides, especially in high terrain areas.

The NHC also warned of life-threatening swells along the coast of southern Mexico.

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