Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
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`Extreme Dangerous’ Hurricane Willa heads to Mexico

`Extreme Dangerous’ Hurricane Willa heads to Mexico

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.

As of the NHC's latest advisory at 12.00am local time (7am BST) Hurricane Willa was located approximately 195 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico.

At present, storm Willa is heading north-northwestwards, however, the system will gradually recurve northwards on Monday and then north-northeastwards by Tuesday.

Hurricane force winds are forecast to impact areas in San Blas to Mazatlan, including Las Islas Marias late Tuesday evening.

NHC reported torrential rains and flash-flooding as the 5-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale reading showed the hurricane had maximum sustained winds of approximately 130 miles per hour (209km).

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

"There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect", said the NHC, but it stressed that "interests along the southern and southwestern coasts of Mexico should monitor the progress of Vicente".

Mexico will begin to feel the impacts of Willa late Tuesday morning and the storm is forecast to make landfall south of Mazatlan Tuesday night as a major Category 3 hurricane or higher. A northwestward to north-northwestward motion is forecast on Tuesday.

Those concerned about the coasts of west-central and southwestern mainland Mexico were advised to follow the progress of Willa.

It's now lashing out maximum sustained winds of about 130mph.

It added: "Little change in strength is expected today".

Forecasters said it was expected to weaken into a tropical depression Monday night or early Tuesday while moving nearer to Mexico's southern Pacific shore. "The cyclone's circulation is expected to dissipate near the southwestern coast of Mexico by Wednesday".

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