Tropical Storm Pilar forms in the Pacific

Tropical Storm Pilar brought heavy rains and winds to the southwestern coast of Mexico on Sunday morning. Image courtesy of NOAA

Tropical Storm Pilar brought heavy rains and winds to the southwestern coast of Mexico on Sunday morning. Image courtesy of NOAA

Tropical Rainstorm Pilar is expected to raise the risk for flooding downpours across western Mexico into Tuesday.

"Although Pilar will not directly impact the United States, as the storm moves northward, its tropical moisture will be drawn northward across northern Mexico and eventually into portions of the south-central United States, including Texas", AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said. Tropical storm force winds are now affecting northern Nayarit and southern Sinaloa in western Mexico and a tropical storm warning is in effected for the coast of Mexico from Cabo Corrientes northward to Bahia Tempehuaya including Islas Marias.

A warning from Manzanillo to Playa Perula was discontinued by the Mexican government. Along the forecast track, the center of Pilar is forecast to move along or just west of the coast of Jalisco today and close to or over the Islas Marias and the coast of Nayarit on Monday.Maximum sustained winds have weakened to near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical storm conditions are expected here as soon as this evening and continuing to spread northward on Sunday and Monday. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast 3 to 7 in (750 to 175 mm) of rainfall for coastal areas, with up to 10 in (254 mm) possible for western Nayarit, southern Sinaloa and southwest Durango States.

The rainfall could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, it warned.