Hurricane Willa is “extremely dangerous” and has started intensifying off Mexico’s Pacific coast by Monday and has been classified as a major Category 4 storm on the brink of turning into a Category 5, the NHC (National Hurricane Center) said.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that Willa could “produce life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall over portions of southwestern and west-central Mexico beginning on Tuesday.”
Hurricane Willa will storm at winds of 155 mph just 2 mph short of becoming a Category 5 Storm. NHC and forecasters warned that Hurricane Willa will cause destructive waves, bring high winds and heavy rainfall on Late Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
“While some weakening is forecast by tonight and Tuesday, Willa is expected to be a dangerous hurricane when it reaches the coast of Mexico late Tuesday or early Wednesday,” the center said.
The Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm center force winds extend outward up to 90 miles. Hurricane Willa’s storm surge is expected to produce rainfall accumulation of 6 to 12 inches in most areas and up to 18 inches across portions of western Nayarit, southern Sinaloa and Western Jalisco.
Rainfall can also cause massive flooding and land slide. Hurricane Willa is currently moving north at about 7 miles per hour, and was about 200 miles south-southwest of Las Islas Marias, Mexico and 155 miles southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico.