MEXICO CITY – The authorities rushed to evacuate low-lying areas and set up protection areas as an "extremely dangerous" hurricane…
MEXICO CITY – The authorities rushed to evacuate low-lying areas and set up protection areas as an “extremely dangerous” hurricane Willa with maximum sustainable winds of 140 km / h facing a forecast Tuesday afternoon or evening landslide along a stretch of Pacific Pacific coast with big cities, surfing beaches and fishing villages.
Willa briefly reached Category 5 strength Monday and weakened slightly back to a Category 4. But the Center for Cancer warned that it was still likely to “life-threatening storm, wind and precipitation” to parts of West and South Mexico.
“While progressively worsening is expected today, Willa is expected to be a dangerous big hurricane when it reaches Mexico’s coast. Expected after landfill tonight and Wednesday,” said the cancer center.
Workers picked up windows in hotels and officials ordered schools closed in a low lane where the cities are sitting my rmland tucked between the ocean and the lagoons. A decree of “extraordinary emergency” was issued for 1
9 municipalities in the Nayarit and Sinaloa states, announced the Federal Ministry of Interior.
Officials said that 7,000 to 8,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas, mostly in the Sinaloa state.
The hurricane was expected to first pass across or near Islas Marias, a group of isles about 60 miles offshore which includes a nature reserve and a federal prison. The forecasts said Willa would blow land somewhere along a stretch of 140 kilometers from Mazatlan to San Blas.
Enrique Moreno, Mayor of Escuinapa, a municipality of approximately 60,000 people on Willa’s potential traces, said officials tried to clear out everyone in the coastal town of Teacapan. He estimates that 3000 people were affected, but he expected some to try to stay.
“The people do not want to evacuate, but it’s for their safety,” he said.
About 60 miles up the coast of Mazatlan, with a metropolitan population of approximately 500,000, Mayor Jose Joel Boucieguez officials prepared shelter and overseen carefully low areas. Mazatlan is a popular resort and home to a large number of American and Canadian foreigners.
From 2 AM EDT, Willa was centered about 80 miles southwest of Islas Maria and 190 miles southwest of Mazatlan. It was moving north at 9 mph.
Hurricane-force winds stretched 35 miles from the storm’s core and tropical storms were up to 135 miles out.
The Orkan Center warned that Willa could take 6 to 12 inches of rain – up to 18 inches in some places – to parts of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa states, with floods and landslides possible in mountainous areas.