Tropical Storm Rachel became a hurricane on Saturday off the coast of Mexico as she continued moving away from the coast. While not expected to make landfall, Hurricane Rachel is causing heavy rains in the resort town of Los Cabos, already battered by Hurricane Odile.
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Rachel is a category 1 hurricane and is located 740 KN west-southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, which continues to generate heavy rain and swells, the National Weather Service reported.
Rachel is moving at the speed of 13 KM/h to the northwest with sustained winds of 120 KM/h and gusting at 150 KM/h. Located 285 KM northwest of Clarion Island in the state of Colima.
As the eighteenth storm of the season passed by Puerto Vallarta, there was little to be noticed with the exception of partly cloudy skies and increased surfs. Earlier in the week, Puerto Vallarta announced that the city, businesses, and services were operating at 100% through one of the businesses hurricane seasons on record.
Hurricane Odile hit the resort town of Los Cabos as a category 3 storm, damaging hotels and businesses with an estimated cost of 20 million dollars. The area still faces problems with water, electricity, and telecommunication outages.