Mexico’s weather service has issued an alert for heavy rains, winds, and surf in the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero, and Nayarit. The area of Puerto Vallarta is included in the alert area.
Hurricane Sandra is a category 3 storm and is the strongest storm recorded in the month of November on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
“Extreme caution to the general population in areas of the states mentioned by rain, wind and wave conditions (including sea transport) and address the recommendations issued by the authorities of the National System of Civil Protection in each entity,” warns the weather service.
The storm is expected to stay off the coast of Jalisco but still holds the possibility of bringing heavy rain and surf along the Jalisco and Nayarit coastlines. The weather service predicts 1-2.5 meter surfs along the central coastline of Mexico, including the state of Jalisco.
Current predictions would raise the chances of rain along the Jalisco coast Friday and Saturday. The current status is an alert to keep informed over the next 72-hours.
The hurricane is expected to turn north-northeast and make landfall around Baja California’s southern peninsula.
Hurricane Sandra is rapidly losing strength as it approaches Mexico’s Pacific coast.
The hurricane’s maximum sustained winds decreased early Friday to near 100 mph (160 kph), making it a Category 2 storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Sandra is forecast to continue weakening and become a remnant low Saturday.
Sandra is centered about 255 miles (415 kilometers) south-southeast of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and is moving north-northeast near 12 mph (19 kph).
A tropical storm watch is in effect for Baja California from Todos Santos to Los Barriles.