Life threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall predicted as Hurricane Willa reaches Cat 5 before landfall along the southwestern coast of Mexico Tuesday afternoon or evening.
Hurricane #Willa, seen by #GOESEast, is now a “potentially catastrophic” Cat. 5 storm. Willa is expected to make landfall along the southwestern coast of Mexico Tuesday afternoon or evening. Take a look at Willa’s path on our Pacific hurricane tracker: https://t.co/9aoFdvDmTr pic.twitter.com/nu2ChERXRd
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) 22 octobre 2018
Hurricane Willa, a huge and life threatening storm will devastate Mexico’s western coast as it has reached Cat. 5 category before landfall.
The hurricane has grown rapidly as it made its way across the Pacific Ocean, its winds increasing from 40mph to 155mph in 48 hours. The US National Hurricane Center has warned that the storm system and could “produce life threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall” in Mexico on Tuesday.
? D’après le modèle HWRF, l’#ouragan #Willa devrait toucher la côte ouest du #Mexique dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi entre l’état du #Sinaloa et de #Nayarit. Les risques d’#inondations et de submersions marines sont importants. Animation : Tropical Tidbits #HurricaneWilla pic.twitter.com/Ejk5vN4e2Y
— Keraunos (@KeraunosObs) 22 octobre 2018
From 40 mph Tropical Storm to 155 mph Hurricane in 48hrs, Willa is another example of rapid intensification in a tropical cyclone. Wind shear will weaken the storm slightly before landfall Tue, but Willa will bring life-threatening storm surge and winds to the Mexico coast.
Forecasters predict Willa will make landfall between the resort towns of Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta late Tuesday or early Wednesdayand is thus threatening more than 7 million people in Mexico:
Category 5 Hurricane Willa is threatening more than 7 million people in Mexico pic.twitter.com/dBHYyRw4kf
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) 22 octobre 2018
Some areas could see up to 18 inches of rainfall, likely triggering flash flooding and landslides in mountainous areas. A hurricane warning has also been issued for Mexico’s western coast between San Blas and Mazatlan.
Willa has rapidly intensified and is now a major hurricane – the 10th of the 2018 Northeast Pacific hurricane season to date. 2018 is now tied with 1992 for the 2nd most major hurricanes in a NE Pacific season on record – trailing only 2015 which had 11 major hurricanes.
Talk about rapid intensification! In the last 24 hours (see animation), the max sustained winds of #Hurricane #Willa have increased from 100 MPH (155 KM/H) to a whopping 160 MPH (260 KM/H)! Central pressure has dropped from 975 MB (28.80″) to 925 MB (27.32″). (@NOAA GOES-East) pic.twitter.com/qBcoL7p1QO
— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) 22 octobre 2018
NOAA – Hurricane Willa in Mexico