Kay Strengthens Into Hurricane After Killing 3, Could Intensify to Major Hurricane

By Reuters
September 6, 2022Americas
Kay Strengthens Into Hurricane After Killing 3, Could Intensify to Major Hurricane
A tree falls on a home amid Tropical Storm Kay, in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, on Sept. 4, 2022, in a still from video. (Reuters/Screenshot via NTD)

Tropical storm Kay strengthened into a hurricane off Mexico’s Pacific coast on Monday, a day after leaving three people dead in the southwestern state of Guerrero. Authorities said on Tuesday that Kay is expected to intensify to a Category 2 hurricane later in the day and could further strengthen to “major” storm over the next day and a half.

The storm is currently located over the Pacific Ocean some 320 miles (515 kilometers) south-southwest from the tip of Baja California, home to the popular tourist town Cabo San Lucas, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC).

“It’s expected that Kay will continue to intensify, and will reach hurricane Category 2 this Tuesday afternoon and evening,” a spokesperson for Mexico’s National Water Commission, CONAGUA said in a press conference.

A Category 2 storm packs sustained winds of 96-110 miles per hour (154–177 kilometers per hour).

The NHC said strengthening is forecast during the next 36 hours, and over that time Kay could become a major hurricane, defined as a Category 3 storm or stronger.

Kay is expected to reach near the west-central coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula by Thursday and Friday.

Heavy rainfall from Kay could lead to flash flooding, including landslides, across portions of western Mexico, including the peninsula, through Thursday night, said the NHC.

Mexico’s government has issued a tropical storm watch on the east coast of the peninsula from Loreto to Santa Rosalia.

Over the weekend Kay damaged houses, felled trees and overflowed rivers in the state of Guerrero and in the port of Acapulco, on the Pacific Coast.

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