MEXICO CITY – A newly formed hurricane quickly gained strength off Mexico's Pacific coast Sunday and has become a major…
MEXICO CITY – A newly formed hurricane quickly gained strength off Mexico’s Pacific coast Sunday and has become a major stretch of shore between San Blas and Mazatlan.with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it could make landfall by Tuesday. A hurricane watch was posted for a
In its latest advisory, NHC said Willa was about 230 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes in Mexico and moving north-northwest at 6 mph and is expected To start curving towards the north later Sunday night and Monday. Hurricane-force winds extend outwardly up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.
The storm could produce a dangerous storm surge, while dumping 5 to 1
0 inches of rain across parts of western Jalisco, Western Nayarit and southern Sinaloa states, with less amounts falling as it moves inland, according to NHC.
The National Hurricane Center’s projection of Hurricane Willa’s path as or 5 pm ET on Sun., Oct. 21, 2018.
National Hurricane Center
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Vicente appeared to be a lesser potent threat farther south. Forecasters said it was likely to remain just offshore or near Mexico’s southern Pacific coast through Monday night and maybe edge ashore Tuesday.
The storm was located about 230 miles southeast of Acapulco, Mexico, and moving west at about 10 mph, according to NHC. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 40 mph with higher gusts.
The NHC said it could produce 3 to 6 inches of rain near the coast.
Peter Martinez contributed to this report.