Tropical Storm Jova was supposed to go “unnoticed” in Mexico, but its continued strengthening changed the National Meteorological Service’s (SMN) forecasts for the phenomenon.
Jova, “born” of tropical depression Eleven-E, would have no impact on the west coast of Mexico, the service previously reported. However, in the September 5 update at 3:00 p.m., the forecast changed.
“Its cloudy landslides increase the likelihood of very heavy rains in Guerrero, Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco,” the agency said in its alert.
Will “Jova” become a hurricane?
The National Meteorological predicts this will happen in a few hours. In his latest report, he stated that Jova will become a Category 1 hurricane by dawn next Wednesday and will be located 830 kilometers south-southwest of Playa Pérula in Jalisco.
This is the meteor’s expected trajectory and evolution:
- In the early morning of September 7, it will strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane. This level will be maintained this Thursday.
- It will advance to Category 4 in the early hours of Friday, September 8th. When that happens, it will be 1,750 kilometers southwest of Cabo San Lázaro.
- Around noon of the same day, it will return to Category 3 again.
- On Saturday, September 9, it will become a Category 1 hurricane. A day later, it weakens into a tropical storm.
Endangerment of the population by tropical storm “Jova”
The SMN warned that maximum continuous wind speeds of 100 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 120 will occur in Jova.
A warning has been issued for people living on the Guerrero and Michoacán coasts due to the potential for waves up to 3 meters high to arrive.
Because of this, the Meteorological Department urged people living in the states “near” Jova to be vigilant for possible damage from rain, wind or waves.
“(We ask) to heed the recommendations of the National Disaster Management System authorities in each entity,” he said.