Tropical Storm Amanda weakens after killing 17 people in El Salvador and Guatemala, could reform next week in Gulf of Mexico

Published Jun 1st 2020

USA Today

The remnants of Tropical Storm Amanda formed into a tropical depression on Monday after killing at least 17 people in El Salvador and Guatemala, where heavy rains produced flooding and landslides.

The weather disturbance is expected to move through the Gulf of Mexico in the coming days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, and is likely to regain tropical storm strength over the milder waters of the Bay of Campeche in Mexico.

Amanda’s remnants are predicted to produce heavy rains in El Salvador, southern Guatemala, western Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize and parts of Mexico, according to the hurricane center.

“This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” according to a news bulletin on the site.

The storm could track into the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend, becoming the third named Atlantic tropical storm of the season by Tuesday, meaning winds of 39 mph or greater. It would be named Tropical Storm Cristobal.

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