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Hurricane Willa Lashes Mexico Pacific

MEXICO CITY-Hurricane Willa tore in Mexico's Pacific Ocean late Tuesday with 120 miles per hour of winds and heavy rain…

MEXICO CITY-Hurricane Willa tore in Mexico’s Pacific Ocean late Tuesday with 120 miles per hour of winds and heavy rain that threatens flooding.

The storm’s eye made the landslide around 9 o’clock EDT, near Isla del Bosque in the Sinaloa state, said the US National Hurricane Center. Willa reached the coast as a Category 3, the first major hurricane in a busy Pacific Ocean season to make landfills in Mexico.

The storm is expected to weaken quickly over mountainous terrain and spread Wednesday over northern Mexico, the hurricane center added. 19659004] To prepare the arrival of the storm, schools have been closed since Monday, the establishment of protective aids and emergency preparedness teams.

Luis Felipe Puente, National Director of Civil Protection, said Tuesday afternoon that more 4,200 people in vulnerable areas had been evacuated to shelter or home for friends and relatives. He recommended that business and tourism operations closed early in the afternoon and warned people to rush out to buy last minute deliveries or gasoline.

“The best thing you can do is stay tonight,” he said.

The states of Nayarit and Sinaloa were set to wear the storm’s brown, officials said, but other states, including Jalisco, would have an impact. Authorities estimated were about 40,000 foreign and national tourists in these states, home to the resort towns of Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.

The storm, which had reached Category 5 on Monday, passed earlier Tuesday over Islas Marías, a archipelago of four islands that includes a nature reserve and a federal prison.

Mr. Puente said the islands suffered minor damage to the infrastructure but no loss of life.

Authorities in Nayarit, Sinaloa and Jalisco indicate closed schools that begin on Monday in some municipalities and began to set up shelter. The Ministry of Interior declared an emergency for 1

2 municipalities in Nayarit and seven in Sinaloa, giving them access to emergency services.

Thousands of army and navy personnel, as well as federal police, were in hand in the states of Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa. The government closed ports in the region and canceled a number of flights to Mazatlan and the Nayarit capital, Tepic.

State Power Tool CFE said it had more than 2000 workers ready to respond to power outage in Nayarit, Sinaloa, and other states that could be affected by the storm. The tool moved hundreds of cranes, lorries and emergency power plants to the region.

A separate weather event that threatened Mexico, tropical storm Vicente, petered out overnight and the remains moved into Tuesday over the state of Michoacán.

Mr. Puente said 11 people were reported killing the last days in the southern state of Oaxaca, where floods caused by Vicente and other weather conditions damaged homes and roads. The states Guerrero and Michoacán were also affected by floods and mudslides, but there were no reports of human accidents there, he added.

In September, a tropical depression formed in California California caused a major flood in the northern part of Sinaloa.

Write to Anthony Harrup at [email protected]

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