Hurricane Willa On Verge Of Becoming Category 5 Storm Off Mexico’s Coast

22 October, 2018, 18:56 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Hurricane Willa Grows Rapidly off Mexico's Pacific Coast

The NHC classifies major hurricanes as those Category 3 and above.

Newly formed Hurricane Willa rapidly intensified off Mexico's Pacific coast Sunday and early Monday and became a major Category 4 storm on the brink of turning into a Category 5, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) 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).

The hurricane is forecast to move toward the north-northeast and track over or very close to the Mexican islands Islas Marias 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 unsafe could arrive within 48 hours.

Tropical storm warnings ranged from Playa Perula north to San Blas and from Mazatlan north to Bahia Tempehuaya, according to the Hurricane Center. It was moving to the north-northwest at 9 km/h, but a turn towards the north was likely during tomorrow. Packing winds of up to 155mph, Willa is just 2mph away from becoming a Category 5 hurricane.

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The storm is expected to weaken when it makes landfall Tuesday but is forecast to bring large waves, risky storm surge, gusty winds and heavy rain.

NHC forecasters expect additional strengthening into Monday and say Willa is expected to make landfall over the southwestern coast sometime late Tuesday or Wednesday.

Mexico has issued an alert for parts of its Pacific seaboard as it prepares for the "life-threatening" category five storm Hurricane Willa.

Those concerned about the coasts of west-central and southwestern mainland Mexico were advised to follow the progress of Willa. "Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 45 miles per hour (75 km/h) with higher gusts".

On the other hand, the hurricane Vicente would stay offshore or near the southern coast of Mexico, weakening to a tropical depression through Tuesday morning.

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