A newly formed hurricane rapidly gained force off Mexico’s Pacific coast on Sunday and forecasters said it could reach Category 4 status before hitting land by midweek A hurricane watch was posted for a stretch of shore between San Blas and Mazatlan.
Willa is tracking northwestward but is expected to slowly recurve toward the northeast by Tuesday and should approach landfall in northern Mexico late Tuesday into Wednesday. Landfall of the circulation center is expected anywhere from near or north of Mazatlán to near Puerto Vallarta.
Hurricane Willa was about 270 miles (435 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo . . .