Newly formed Tropical Storm Tara soaked parts of west-central Mexico with heavy rains Monday as it drifted off the country’s Pacific coast.
Forecasters said precipitation from the storm has the potential to cause dangerous flooding, though its center is likely to remain out to sea while remaining near the coast.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tara was centered about 95 miles south of Manzanillo in the morning while heading to the west-northwest at 1 mph. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.
Tara was expected to bring 3 to 5 inches of rain to coastal regions in Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco states.