Puerto Vallarta under hurricane warning for Nora

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Update 7:00 AM / Puerto Vallarta is no longer under any watches or warnings as Hurricane Nora moves north in Nayarit. This concludes live updates of Hurricane Nora.

Update 2:15 AM / Small boutique hotel on the bank of Cuale River on Aquiles Serdán Street has partially collapsed, one person missing. The hotel had already been partially evacuated for the passing of Hurricane Nora.

Update 1:00 AM / CONAGUA announced that Hurricane Nora is located on the coasts of Tecuala, Nayarit and was located 150 kilometers south-southeast of Mazatlán, Sinaloa and 445 km east-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, with maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (km / h).

Update 12:30 AM / Red alert was established in the Center, West and North of Nayarit; as well as in the South of Sinaloa. It was recommended to stay away from windows to avoid injury in case they were broken. In addition to staying in the home or temporary shelter until the authorities indicate otherwise.

Update 12:12 AM / The Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR) reported on the closure of ports in the Mexican Pacific, among which are for larger vessels: San Blas in Nayarit; Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco; Manzanillo in Colima; Lázaro Cárdenas in Michoacán.

Update 11:07 p.m. August 28, 2021 / The National Water Commission ( Conagua ) reported that at 10:00 p.m. the center of hurricane “Nora” , category 1, was located 35 kilometers southwest of San Blas , Nayarit, and 85 km to the north-northwest of Puerto Vallarta , Jalisco.

It has maximum sustained winds of 120 km / h , gusts of 150 km / h and displacement to the north at 26 km / h.

In the next few hours, it will continue its journey to Nayarit, where it will affect during the early morning with torrential rains, intense gusts of wind, and high waves.

The rains generated by the hurricane could cause landslides, an increase in the levels of rivers and streams, and overflows and floods in low-lying areas, for which the population is urged to heed the warnings of the National Meteorological Service ( SMN ) and follow the indications of the state, municipal and Civil Protection authorities.

The Maritime Navigation is made to a call to exercise caution due to the effects of the system off the coast of Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan and Nayarit , as well as in the Gulf of California during the weekend.

Update 8:00 PM – August 28, 2021: Hurricane Nora made landfall south of Puerto Vallarta and has continued to move near the coast since then. Nora is moving toward the north near 14 mph (22 km/h). A turn toward north-northwest is possible tonight and on Sunday, followed by a slower northwestward motion Sunday night through Tuesday. On the current forecast track, the center of Nora will continue to move near the coast of Mexico during the next several hours. It could then re-emerge over the Gulf of California, moving roughly parallel to the coast of Mexico through early next week. However, even a small deviation of the hurricane’s motion to the right could cause Nora to move further inland and dissipate.

Update 6:30 PM – August 28, 2021: A 4.4 earthquake was recorded at 6:00 PM, just before Hurricane Nora made landfall about 50 miles south of Puerto Vallarts. Read about earthquake

UPDATE 1:00 PM – August 28, 2021: Nora’s eyewall is moving onshore the coast of southern Jalisco and western Colima. Hurricane conditions are imminent within the southern portion of the hurricane warning area and will spread northward within warning area through tonight. Hurricane conditions are also possible within the hurricane watch area tonight and may spread to the northern portions of the watch area Sunday and Sunday night. Tropical storm conditions are occurring over tropical storm warning area south of Manzanillo and will spread to the northern tropical storm warning area north of San Blas this evening through Sunday night.

If you are in Puerto Vallarta and need shelter, there are four shelters opened for you: Read more


Nora is moving toward the north-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through the weekend. A slight bend to the northwest is forecast by early next week. On the forecast track, the center of Nora is expected to approach Puerto Vallarta later today and pass very near the coast of the states of Jalisco and Nayarit by tonight. Nora is then forecast to approach and move into the Gulf of California on Sunday and Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is anticipated as long as Nora remains offshore the coast of Mexico.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

WIND: Hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning area along the coast of mainland Mexico beginning later today. Hurricane conditions are also possible within the hurricane watch area later today and may spread to the northern portions of the watch area tomorrow. Tropical storm conditions are likely occurring over southern portions of the tropical storm warning area and will spread to the northern portions of the warning area later today and tomorrow.

RAINFALL: Heavy rain associated with Nora is expected across coastal sections of the Mexican states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima, and Jalisco. Rainfall totals of 8 to 12 inches are forecast through this weekend with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches possible. This rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides.

As Nora continues north-northwest, heavy rainfall will move into the Baja California Sur late Sunday into Monday. Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches are forecast, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches possible across southern portions of Baja California Sur. Life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides may occur as a result.

Additional heavy rainfall of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches are possible across Sinaloa and Sonora during the middle to latter part of next week as Nora moves northwest through the Gulf of California.

Toward the middle and latter part of next week, moisture associated with Nora may bring heavy rainfall to portions of the southwestern U.S. into the central Great Basin and central Rockies.

STORM SURGE: Storm surge could produce coastal flooding near where the center passes the coast, or east of the center if Nora makes landfall. The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

SURF: Swells generated by Nora are affecting the southern and southwestern coast of Mexico and will spread northward to the coast of Baja California Sur and into the Gulf of California over the weekend and into early next week. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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