Hurricane Willa Heads For Mexico Coast 10/22 07:27
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hurricane Willa has grown rapidly into an "extremely
dangerous" near-Category 5 storm in the eastern Pacific, on a path to smash
into Mexico's western coast between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta in the coming
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Monday that Willa could
"produce life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall over portions of
southwestern and west-central Mexico beginning on Tuesday." It predicted that
Willa could become a Category 5 hurricane later Monday, generating
life-threatening surf and rip tide conditions.
A hurricane warning was posted for Mexico's western coast between San Blas
and Mazatlan, including Las Islas Marias. Tropical storm warnings ranged from
Playa Perula north to San Blas and from Mazatlan north to Bahia Tempehuaya. The
center said Willa is expected make landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
By early Monday, Willa had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (249 kph) and
was centered about 230 miles (370 kilometers) south of Las Islas Marias and 175
miles (280 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes. It was moving north
at 7 mph (11 kph).
Hurricane force winds extended 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the storm's
core and tropical storm force winds were up to 90 miles (145 kilometers) out.
The hurricane center said 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30.5 centimeters) of rain
should fall --- and some places could see up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) ---
on parts of Mexico's western Jalisco, western Nayarit and southern Sinaloa
states. It warned of the danger of flash flooding and landslides in mountainous
Farther to the south, Tropical Storm Vicente weakened but was still expected
to produce heavy rainfall and flooding over parts of southern and southwestern
By early Monday, its core was about 195 miles (310 kilometers) southeast of
Acapulco with top sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph). The hurricane center said
it could produce 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 centimeters) of rain in parts of
Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco states.