Thursday, June 17, 2010

Guatemala braces for possible second deadly Pacific storm

Terra Daily via Agence France-Presse: Guatemala Wednesday was bracing for another potentially deadly tropical storm from the Pacific Ocean, only two weeks after Agatha unleashed floods and landslides that left 275 killed or missing, officials said.

A low-pressure system near the Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico, was showing signs of strengthening, "with a 60 percent chance it may become a tropical storm," said a spokesman for Guatemala's emergency management agency.

He said the storm would likely bring heavy downpours over Mexico's Pacific coast and possibly over Guatemala, making more floods and landslides likely after Agatha's copious rains….

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