Mexico delivers a World Cup earthquake with defeat of Germany, the defending champ

06/18/18 The Washington Post

football-ball-sport-soccer-50713.jpegClose your eyes, and you would have sworn you had stepped into Estadio Azteca, that madhouse in Mexico City.

“Cielito Lindo,” punctuated by the familiar “ay-ay-ay-ay” singalong, graced the sound system during World Cup pregame frolicking here Sunday.

There was also the unscripted noise, that incredible boom that rattles the brain, created by tens of thousands of Mexican soccer supporters, many from homes in the United States, who have journeyed extraordinary distances to watch perhaps the country’s most capable team.

Open your eyes, and you would have seen section after section glazed in green, up and down Luzhniki Stadium, easily outnumbering those backing the opposition, reigning champion Germany.

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Rains from Tropical Storm Carlotta pound Mexico’s coast

06/16/18 The Washington Post

hurricaneHeavy rain and wind from Tropical Storm Carlotta lashed Mexico’s Pacific coast southeast of Acapulco ahead of its expected landfall late Saturday or early Sunday.

Carlotta, the third named storm of the Pacific hurricane season, was meandering just off Mexico’s coast, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

It said that Carlotta had maximum sustained winds near 50 mph (85 kph), and its center was located about 70 miles (115 kilometers) south-southeast of Acapulco. The storm was drifting northward Saturday afternoon.

The hurricane center says the storm threatens torrential rains for the coastline of the southern states of Guerrero and Oaxaca, with up to 10 inches possible in some areas. Flash flooding and mudslides are also possible.

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Hurricane Bud Strengthens to Category 3 Off Mexico Pacific Coast

06/11/2018 The New York Times

hurricaneHurricane Bud strengthened to a category 3 storm on Monday about 265 miles (426 km) off the Pacific coast of Mexico, the Miami-based U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

With maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, Bud was moving northwest at about 7 miles per hour, the centre said. The heart of the storm is expected to remain considerably offshore.

While the storm may strengthen on Monday, it will likely begin weakening on Tuesday, the centre said.

The storm is expected to generate 3 to 6 inches of rain in southwestern Mexico, the centre said, warning of possible flash floods and mud slides.

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Hurricane Bud intensifying off Mexico’s Pacific Coast

06/11/2018 Reuters

hurricaneTropical Storm Bud intensified late on Sunday afternoon into a Category 1 hurricane some 254 miles (410 km) west of the Pacific coast of Mexico, the country’s weather service said.

With maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (121 km) per hour and gusts of 93 miles (150 km) per hour, Bud was moving northwest at 9.3 miles (15 km) per hour.

The storm is the second of the 2018 Pacific hurricane season after Tropical Storm Aletta, which is moving west away from land. On the Atlantic side, Subtropical Storm Alberto slammed into the Mexican Caribbean in late May, forcing the evacuation of oil workers in the Gulf of Mexico and killing almost 10 people in Cuba and in the U.S. Southeast.

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Tropical Development Likely in the Gulf of Mexico Memorial Day Weekend; Major Flash Flood Threat in the Southeast, Florida Into Next Week

05/24/2018 The Weather Channel

hurricaneThe first tropical or subtropical depression of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is now likely in the Gulf of Mexico this Memorial Day weekend, bringing the threat of heavy rain and flash flooding to a large swath of the Southeast and Florida lasting into next week.

Currently, a broad area of low pressure is located over Mexico’s eastern Yucatan Peninsula, producing clusters of thundershowers near the coast from near Cozumel south to Belize.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has dubbed this low-pressure system Invest 90L, which is a naming convention used by the NHC to identify features it is monitoring for potential future development into a tropical depression or storm.

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Moderate earthquake triggers alarm in Mexico City, no damage reported via @reuters

05/16/2018 Reuters

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck southern Mexico on Wednesday morning, the country’s seismology service said, triggering alarms and evacuation procedures in the capital although there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The tremor, which was centered in the southwestern state of Guerrero, was felt lightly in Mexico City shortly after 9 a.m. (1400 GMT) and hundreds of people left office blocks and gathered in the streets. No damage was reported.

The country is still recovering from a pair of large earthquakes that caused widespread damage in September.

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Mexico, 2 U.S. states could see Colorado River cutback in 2020

05/09/2018 The Denver Post

colorado riverDENVER — Mexico and the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada face a better-than-even possibility of getting less water from the Colorado River in 2020 because of a persistent drought, water managers said Wednesday.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the river, released projections showing a 52 percent chance the river’s biggest reservoir, Lake Mead in Arizona and Nevada, will fall low enough in 2020 to trigger cutbacks under agreements governing the system.

If that happens, those two states and Mexico would be the first see their share of water cut. Further drops in the reservoir could trigger cuts for other states.

The chances of a shortfall rise to 64 percent in 2021 and 68 percent in 2022, the bureau said.

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