Tropical Storm Lidia dumps heavy rain in Mexico

By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |  Updated Sept. 1, 2017 at 8:40 PM
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Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Lidia is bringing heavy rains to Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on Friday.

In its 6 p.m. MDT advisory, the NHC said the eye of the storm was located on the peninsula about 50 miles west of Loreto and 85 miles north of Cabo San Lazaro.

The storm was traveling northwest at 12 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 55 mph.

The government of Mexico issued a tropical storm warning for the peninsula from San Jose de Las Palomas to Todos Santos, and from Isla San Luis to Los Barriles, and on the mainland from Altata to Puerto Libertad.

The NHC said the storm was expected to travel in a northwest direction through Friday and will travel along the west coast of the peninsula through Saturday before turning west off the coast Saturday night.

The NHC warned Lidia could produce between 8 inches and 20 inches of rain across Baja California Sur, Baja California and western Jalisco states. Three inches to 6 inches were expected in the states of Sinaloa, Nayarit, Colima, southern Michoacan, southern Sonora and central Jalisco.

The rains could bring life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Lidia is expected to weaken to a tropical depression Sunday morning as it moves west off the coast.

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