Notable Storms of the 2013 Pacific Tropical Season: Hurricane Barbara

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

Developing in late May, Barbara would be the first hurricane to form in the 2013 Pacific Tropical Season. It would make landfall in Mexico, bringing winds and rains to the country.

Barbara began its life as Tropical Depression Two-E, forming over a 150 miles to the south, southwest of the Mexican community of Salina Cruz. Immediately, Tropical Storm Warnings were issued for the storm in parts of Southwestern and Western Mexico.

It did not take long to acquire a name, officially become a Tropical Storm just hours after being recognized as a Tropical Depression.

The next day, May 29th, it became the first Hurricane of the season and would peak as a category one storm with sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

It would make landfall on Thursday. According to RTV, the storm claimed the lives of a 61 year old American who was surfing off the coast of Salina Cruz. Another man, a 26-year-old Mexican, died attempting to cross a river.

By the afternoon of the 30th, a day after making landfall, the storm weakened quickly and officially dissipated.

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