Dangerous Cat 4 Hurricane Willa Closes in on Mexico Coast

Gwen Vasquez
October 25, 2018

Thousands of people have been evacuated and buildings boarded up along Mexico's Pacific coast as "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Willa started tearing in with high winds and heavy rains. "Everything is closed", Hernandez said.

As far as the nor'easter being a Halloween trick from the cosmos, Kines couldn't really comment - but he said one thing is for sure: "It's certainly not a treat".

Monday night they were given notice from the resort to be ready to evacuate at any point.

Although Willa weakened from a Category 5 to a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale Tuesday morning, the US National Hurricane Center still warned residents that the hurricane will bring a unsafe storm surge, wind and rain to western Mexico.

Sandbags in place at the Now Amber Resort.

"Life-threatening storm surge, wind, and rainfall (are) spreading onshore", the U.S. hurricane center said earlier.

Early Tuesday, Willa was centered about 75 miles southwest of the Islas Marias and 175 miles south-southwest of Mazatlan. The storm was moving northeast at 25 miles per hour and expected to dissipate by Wednesday afternoon.

More than 450 mm of rain is likely to lash pockets of the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa.

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In Mazatlan, with a metropolitan-area population of about 500,000, Mayor Jose Joel Boucieguez said officials prepared shelters and were closely monitoring low-lying areas.

Tropical storm warnings ranged from Playa Perula north to San Blas and from Mazatlan north to Bahia Tempehuaya.

Willa has made landfall in Western Mexico yesterday evening as a Cat 3 with sustained winds of 195 kmph.

Hurricane Willa briefly reached category five strength on Monday, although it had been reduced to a category three storm by the time it made landfall.

The remnants of tropical storm Willa are also bringing heavy rain to most of the Southeast, including Panama City and the rest of the Florida Panhandle where residents are still recovering from Hurricane Michael earlier this month.

The storm will likely bring 1 to 2 inches of rain and "a period of 40- to 50-mph wind gusts to the coast", according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek.

"This rainfall will cause life-threatening flash flooding and landslides", the Hurricane Center warned Tuesday.

Farther to the south, Tropical Storm Vicente had weakened to a tropical depression early Tuesday, but it was still bringing heavy rainfall that caused risky flooding in southern and southwestern Mexico.

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