Tropical Storm Georgette forms just south of Cabo San Lucas

posted Jul 12, 2012, 9:41 AM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Jul 12, 2012, 9:41 AM ]
The government of Mexico has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for southern Baja California from Agua Blanca southward to Cabo San Lucas on the West Coast and from Buenavista southward to Cabo San Lucas on the East Coast. at 500 am PDT 1200 UTC the center of Tropical Storm Georgette was located near latitude 22.1 north longitude 109.5 west. Georgette is moving toward the north-northwest near 9 mph 15km/hr. An increase in forward speed is expected during the next day or so. On this track the center of Georgette is expected to move over the southern portion of Baja California later today and then move over the Gulf of California tonight or on Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph 65 km/hr with higher gusts. Weakening is forecast once the center of Georgette moves inland over Baja California later today. Georgette is expected to become a remnant low on Wednesday and dissipate by Wednesday night. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 50 miles/85 km from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1001 mb/29.56 inches.
Georgette is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 6 inches over the southern Baja Peninsula and the Mexican states of Sinaloa and western Sonora with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches possible. These rainfall amounts may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.