'Extremely Threatening' Hurricane Willa Heads For Mexico's Pacific Coast

Cesar Mills
October 22, 2018

Hurricane Willa has intensified into a near-Category 5 storm in the Pacific - and is on track to slam into the western coast of Mexico by the middle of the week, officials said.

Willa is expected to deliver rainfall of up to 46cm (18in) along parts of south-west Mexico, the NHC said on Monday, as it reported that the storm was carrying winds of 256km/h (160mph). Packing winds of up to 155mph, Willa is just 2mph away from becoming a Category 5 hurricane.

Hurricane force winds extended out 40km from the storm's core and tropical storm force winds were up to 130km out.

The NHC also predict that additional strengthening of Hurricane Willa is expected today, meaning that it could reach Category 5 status later today.

Hurricane Willa was about 270 miles (435 kilometres) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes Sunday morning with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (155 kph).

It said the storm could produce unsafe storm surge, while dumping 5 to 10 inches (12.5 to 25 centimetres) of rain across parts of western Jalisco, western Nayarit and southern Sinaloa states, with lesser amounts falling as it moves inland.

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The southwestern Mexican coast is warned to brace for unsafe storm surges which will impact on Tuesday.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for San Blas to Mazatlan meaning tropical-storm-force winds that make being outside anywhere from hard to risky could arrive within 48 hours.

Farther to the south, Tropical Storm Vicente weakened but was still expected to produce heavy rainfall and flooding over parts of southern and southwestern Mexico.

A Tropical Storm Watch for north of Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya meant tropical storm conditions were possible within 48 hours.

Some areas could see up to 18 inches of rainfall, likely triggering flash flooding and landslides in mountainous areas.

By early Monday, its core was about 195 miles (310 kilometers) southeast of Acapulco with top sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph).

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