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As the first named storm of the 2022 Pacific Hurricane Season, Agatha formed as a tropical storm early on May 28th, 2022. Agatha quickly strengthened into a hurricane just south of Mexico’s Pacific coastline.
In the evening of May 30th, Hurricane Agatha made landfall near Puerto Angel in Oaxaca, Mexico as a category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour. Agatha was the strongest storm to hit Mexico’s Pacific coast on record.
The National Hurricane Center said that 10 to 16 inches of rain were expected to dump on Oaxaca.
The storm caused 11 deaths, and an additional 20 people were reported missing. Heavy rainfalls caused flash flooding and dangerous landslides, which contributed to the deaths.
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The evolution of Hurricane Agatha and a look at the lightning within.
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A multi-day view of Agatha’s journey in the Eastern Pacific to Mexico’s coastline.
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A full day time lapse of Agatha approaching and landfalling on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
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A nine hour time lapse of Hurricane Agatha strengthening south of southern Mexico, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
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