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NEWS - Authorities in Mexico alert for heavy rain in 5 states

Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 19:00 -

MEXICO (Bloomberg) - In the next 21 hours are expected to record heavy rains in some populations of the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Guerrero and Michoacan, warned the National Weather Service (SMS).

The agency stressed that the intensity of rainfall, depending on the local terrain could result in flooding sudden terrain landslides and mudslides in mountainous areas, he urged the population extreme caution and heed the recommendations of local authorities.

In its report noted that, according to the forecast, there is 80% chance of rain with accumulations maximum point of 70-150 mm in 24 hours or more by orographic effects associated with a zone of instability and the tropical wave 24.

The agency of the National Water Commission (Conagua) indicated that the intensity of the storm may be accompanied by intervals of showers, electrical activity, hail and strong winds could cause property damage.

The climate change increases uncertainty about weather forecasts, as the behavior of weather phenomena is increasingly distant from the historically recorded behavior, said the general director of the MTF, Adrián Vázquez.

In addition, the official added that one of the consequences of climate change is increasing the amount of water they carry hydrometeorological phenomena, generated by the increase in river flows and levels of dams in the rainy season and decreases the level of certainty in weather forecasts.

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