Fierce Hurricane Willa closes in on Mexican resort area

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Hurricane Willa May Have An Impact On The Weather In The US

After dissipating over Mexico's mountainous terrain, the remnant upper-level energy and moisture from Willa will eventually enhance rainfall in Texas and perhaps the northern Gulf Coast Wednesday into Thursday.

Willa, a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, veered inland near the town of Teacapan, about 60 miles (100 km) south of the coastal resort of Mazatlan in the state of Sinaloa, satellite images showed.

There were no immediate reports of deaths, but the storm's 120 miles per hour (195 kph) winds knocked out power, toppled wood-shack homes and ripped metal roofing off other houses in the Sinaloa state municipality of Escuinapa, and local news media published images of a damaged hospital.

There will likely be widespread tree damage, power outages and structural damage near Willa's landfall location in west-central Mexico.

Up to 18 inches (45 cm) of rainfall could pummel parts of the storm zone, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

View of damages after the passage of Hurricane Willa in Escuinapa, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on October 24, 2018. Authorities declined to comment on precautions that were taken at the prison, citing security concerns, but said the safety of inmates was a priority. He said the state was trying to evacuate people in communities at risk of flooding.

The eye of the storm swirled Tuesday morning about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south-southeast of Mazatlán.

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"An extremely unsafe storm surge is likely along portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico in southern Sinaloa and Nayarit, especially near and to the south of where the center of Willa makes landfall", the US Hurricane Center announced Tuesday morning.

Willa briefly reached Category 5 strength before weakening a bit to Category 4.

Mexico's Pacific coast has already been hit by deadly storms and rains this hurricane season. "Extremely dangerous" Hurricane Willa headed toward an afternoon collision today with a stretch of Mexico's Pacific coast, its strong winds and high waves threatening high-rise resorts, surfing beaches and fishing villages. "But not everyone wanted to leave, even though authorities made it clear that he who stays does so at his own peril".

Civil defense director Luis Felipe Puente said at a televised news conference that 58 shelters had been set up for evacuees, although a lot of them took refuge with friends and relatives.

As Willa neared, the beach in Mazatlan nearly disappeared, with waves slamming against the coastal boulevard under looming black clouds.

Schools in the affected areas have been closed since Monday.

Some families took shelter at the Mazatlan convention center, spreading out blankets along the walls to wait out the storm. More than 450 mm of rain is likely to lash pockets of the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa.

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