Hurricane Agatha makes landfall in Mexico as strongest May storm

The strongest hurricane to make landfall in the Pacific has weakened, but could still cause problems as it crosses Mexico and Central America.

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Hurricane Agatha came ashore in Oaxaca state as a Category 2, with wind speeds up to 105 mph, The Associated Press reported. It uprooted trees, caused power outages and ripped roofs off homes in Puerto Angel, a fishing town, The New York Times reported.

But it lost power as it slammed into the country’s mountainous regions, The Associated Press reported.

It was downgraded to a tropical depression with winds as high as 32 mph on Tuesday.

Despite talks of it reforming once it crossed the country and entered the gulf, the remnants of the storm are expected to track into the Caribbean Sea and are at a 50% chance of redeveloping into a hurricane within the next 5 days. Still, the Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala and Belize may still see some heavy rains as the storm travels across the region, CNN reported.

Before Agatha’s landfall this week, only two Category 1 hurricanes hit the region in May — Hurricane Barbara in 2013 and 1971′s Hurricane Agatha, the Times reported.





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