Mexico hit by Tropical Storm Georgette

More than a million people have been affected by flooding in Mexico following the impact of Tropical Storm Georgette.

Among the worst hit areas is the Baja California region on the Pacific coast, where the heaviest monsoon rains recorded for 15 years have already left many homeless.

Georgette, now downgraded to a Tropical Depression, made landfall near the resort town of Cabo San Lucas bringing heavy rain and crashing waves.

Baja California director’s of civil defence, Jose Gajon, told reporters about 1,000 families had been evacuated from areas vulnerable to flooding and storm surges.

The storm is presently located about 155 miles south of Guaymas and is moving in a north-westerly direction at a speed of about 14mph.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the coast of mainland Mexico from Huatabampito northward to Bahia Kino.

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Areas of Mexico have already been hit by monsoon rains

Many coastal areas are still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Karl, which made landfall with the loss of 15 lives last week.

The storm is expected to reach the United States towards the end of the week.

“Moisture from Georgette is expected to spread into portions of the south-western United States during the next couple of days,” said the US National Hurricane Centre.

Lisa

Further out in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Lisa also gaining strength.

Lisa is presently located about 425 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands and is moving east-northeast at 3 mph.

Slow strengthening is expected over the next two days.