Hurricane “Willa” increased to category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale and continues to strengthen while the authorities of Nayarit, Sinaloa, and Jalisco remain on alert for the damage it could cause in the coming hours.
According to the National Water Commission (Conagua), in Baja California Sur, Durango, Colima, Michoacán and Zacatecas there are also risks that the rains and winds may be felt in the coming hours.
“Willa will generate very strong storms in areas of Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima and Michoacán, and strong local storms in Baja California Sur and Durango,” he explained in his report at 1:00 p.m.
“It will also cause gusts of winds over 60 km / h (kilometers per hour), waves of 2 to 4 m (meters) and possible waterspouts off the coasts of Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima and Michoacán.”
During this Sunday, municipal authorities of Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, and Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, held a meeting in the west of the country to determine preventive actions.
“At the moment it is going to reach category 3, which is already a big hurricane,” Víctor Manuel Cornejo, an expert, told local media.
“A powerful hurricane, but with the hook turn that is expected, it could lose energy rapidly as it drags along the coast”.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
STORM SURGE: A dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves is possible along portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico by Tuesday or Tuesday night.
WIND: Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by late Tuesday, with tropical storm conditions possible by Tuesday morning. Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning area by Monday night or early Tuesday. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area by Tuesday.
RAINFALL: Willa is expected to produce storm total rainfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, with local amounts to 15 inches, across portions of western Jalisco, western Nayarit, and southern Sinaloa in Mexico. This rainfall would cause life-threatening flash flooding and landslides.
Farther inland, Willa is expected to produce 2 to 4 inch amounts across portions of Zacateca, Durango, southeast Chihuahua, and Coahuila in Mexico, with local amounts to 6 inches possible. This rainfall could also cause life-threatening flash flooding.
SURF: Large swells generated by Willa are beginning to affect portions of the coast of southwestern and west-central Mexico. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.