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Hurricane Season 2006: Lane (Pacific)
Hurricane Lane Brought Havoc to Parts of Mexico

Terra captured this image of Hurricane Lane on September 15, 2006
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This photo-like image of Hurricane Lane was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on Sept. 15, 2006, at 12:00 p.m. local time (18:00 UTC), before the storm had intensified and reached category 3 strength on Sept. 16.

Hurricane Lane slammed into Pacific coast of Mexico late Sat. Sept. 16 near the Villamoros Peninsula and the town of Culiacan as a major category 3 storm. Following Hurricane John, it was the second storm to impact the region in the past month.

Blamed for three deaths, Lane flooded streets, forced airports to cancel flights and knocked out power in parts of Mazatlan, a resort and retirement community popular among Americans. Houses near the town of El Dorado, where the eye of the storm hit, were flooded before the storm lost punch and weakened to a tropical depression on Sun. Sept. 17. mage credit: NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team -- Caption Credit: Mike Bettwy, RSIS/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Pacific Storm Lane Set to Become a Hurricane

TRMM captured this image of Tropical Storm Lane on September 25, 2006
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A Satellite View of Rain in Tropical Storm Lane

This image from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite was taken on Sept. 13, 1926 UTC (12:26 p.m. PDT) before Lane developed into a tropical storm. When this image was developed it was labeled "93E." That number that was used to keep track of it when National Hurricane Center (NHC) was watching it for possible development. The image shows a top-down-view of the rain intensity obtained from TRMM's sensors. Estimated rain rates range from 1 millimeter to 30 millimeters (.3 to 1.18 inches) per hour. TRMM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japanese space agency JAXA.

Lane Already Brought Rain to Mexico - More Expected

The next day, Thurs. Sept. 14, the depression became Tropical Storm Lane and brought rains and winds to Mexico's Pacific coast including Acapulco. The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph on the 14th.

On Fri. Sept. 15, Lane was expected to produce coastal storm surge flooding of 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels accompanied by large and dangerous battering waves in areas of onshore flow near the path of the center of Lane. Total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected along the west central coast of Mexico with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches possible over the coastal mountains. Total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with possible isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible over the southern Baja California peninsula. These rainfall amounts could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Where is Lane Headed?

At 11:00 a.m. PDT on Fri. Sept. 15, the center of Tropical Storm Lane was located near latitude 20.2 north and longitude 106.3 west or about 135 miles west-northwest of Manzanillo, Mexico and about 300 miles southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Lane was moving toward the north-northwest near 10 mph and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed during the next 24 hours. At that time, Lane had maximum sustained winds near 70 mph, and is expected to become a hurricane late Fri. Sept. 15. Minimum central pressure was near 989 millibars.

The latest forecast track has Lane making landfall early Mon. Sept. 18 in the vicinity of the city of Los Mochis, but that could change. Lane would then move into north central Mexico. Lane's rains may later affect extreme southern Arizona and New Mexico, and western Texas. For the latest track, visit: + National Hurricane Center. Images: Hal Pierce, SSAI/NASA GSFC -- Caption: Rob Gutro, NASA GSFC