June 29th, 2011
11:38 AM ET

Mexico issues hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Arlene strengthens

As Tropical Storm Arlene steadily chugged toward the east-central coast of Mexico Wednesday, Mexican authorities issued a hurricane watch that stretches from the country's eastern municipality of Tuxpan northward to La Cruz, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Arlene - the first named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season - is moving at about 8 mph, packing sustained winds of 50 mph.

It is expected to make landfall early Thursday very near hurricane strength.

Arlene is also expected to produce 4- to 8-inches of rain in some areas. Meteorologists say isolated rainfall amounts of 15 inches over mountainous terrain could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

soundoff (12 Responses)

    i hope the zetas will be ok..

    June 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    What stupid Mexico outta do, is issue a I CAN'T DEFEND MY PEOPLE FROM EXTORTION OR KIDAPPINGS warning.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CSnSC

    I would be embarased to be kidnapped for a $300 ransom.

    June 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    300 bucks is a lot of pesos though. Mexican kidnappers need to study how American bondsmen go about milking the most out of it.

    June 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzz

    Yeah the bondsmen have to play a some games to get the bail set at just the right price, and the judges have been known to get a nice little something... something out of it to.

    June 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Judges? Noooo. Really?

    June 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @CSnSC: Somebody like you should fetch in an easy $2 Million for ransom.

    June 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz

    Beeeee, varwee varwee carefoe or I'll blast ya outta sky... Philoop , He He

    June 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    Y'all crack me up! Cesar I'm with ya bro! I'm afraid my family would make the kidnappers pay them. "Yeah, we'll take her off your hands, but it's gonna cost ya!" Every1 is so broke. Just kidding, they love me (but $ is a close 2nd, right now.). I am p.o.'ed that the storm wont make it to Texas. We are growing scales, it's so dry & hot. Any1 know a good rain dance? Perry the Guv'nah prayed for rain, didn't work. I'll put my trust in the Natives with ancient wisdom!!

    June 29, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    Isn't rain dance the name of a car wax?

    June 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    My uncle usta say if ya shot an arrow into the sky itd rain. But he also usta tell us not to step on spiders for the same reason.

    June 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ajd041

    Lol raven my mom says the same thing about the spiders but she still kills them... Anyway they might as well just hang up a sign saying WE WILL NOT PROTECT YOU IF A DRUG CARTEL IS FIRING AT YOU Tiene una buena dia!

    June 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |