Hurricane Willa swept towards Mexico’s Pacific Coast with winds of over 150 mph just today and landfall is expected Tuesday. While they have until then to prepare, things could get very ugly very fast.
Willa is a very dangerous storm that could bring forth life-threatening surges. With it having strengthened to a Category 5 for a short period we do not know where things will go from here. The Hurricane warning is currently in effect for a stretch of shore between San Blas and Mazatlan. Other local areas are under TSW tropical storm warnings and everyone is doing what they can to get ready.
According to CBS News, the Mayor of Escuinapa was trying to force locals to evacuate in the village of Teacapan but some residents were not willing. Willa is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of about 6-12 inches in some areas and could cause flooding. Thousands of people will be affected by this if not more.
#Willa, now a major hurricane in the eastern Pacific could lead to more heavy rain across Texas by the middle of this week. The associated moisture will then interact with a stationary front and possibly spawn a nor’easter off/near the Mid-Atlantic coast by next weekend. pic.twitter.com/wo60SANlB5
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) October 21, 2018
Willa is expected to weaken after Tuesday, but will still be dangerous when it makes landfall, the NHC says.
A hurricane warning is in effect for 180 miles of Mexican Pacific coast between San Blas and Mazatlan. A tropical storm warning is in effect for hundreds of more miles of coast, from San Blas to Playa Perula and from north of Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya.
The storm is expected to produce rainfall of 6 to 12 inches across southwestern and west-central Mexico, including western Jalisco, western Nayarit, and southern Sinaloa, with 18 inches in some local areas. The NHC says this rainfall will cause storm surge and “life-threatening flash flooding and landslides.”
Storm surge and large, destructive waves are likely along parts of the southwestern coast by Tuesday or Tuesday night, especially near where Willa’s center will make landfall, the NHC says. Rip currents and large swells will affect beaches in Mexico’s southwest.
Farther inland, Willa is expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rainfall across parts of Zacateca, Durango, southeast Chihuahua, and Coahuila, with 6 inches possible in some areas.
“This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding,” the NHC says.
For more information on the hurricane and what it could bring forth check out the video below. Hurricane season is still full swing. Please keep those in the path of this monster in your thoughts.
(Image Via: NOAA)