Tropical Storm Carlotta weakening, landfall by early Monday

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

The center of the storm, which formed Friday, was about 55 miles southeast of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, the NHC said in its 7 a.m. CDT update. The storm had 45 mph sustained winds and was moving north at 7 mph.

Because it is a small cyclone, the NHC said tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles.

There was a tropical storm warning in effect for the Mexican coast between Tecpan De Galeana to Lazaro Cardenas.

On the forecast track, forecasters Carlotta should move inland within the warning area later Sunday or early Monday.

Forecasters predicted between 3 inches and 6 inches of rain along the Guerrero, southwestern Oaxaca, and southern Michoacan coasts, including the city of Acapulco, with isolated higher amounts, 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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