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Hurricane Willa lands Mexico as Category 3, turns into tropical depression

Durango-Mazatlán — Emergency personnel were out to close roads as approximately 10,000 people were evacuated from Tecuala and Acaponeta in Nayarit as Hurricane Willa neared the coast where she made landfall around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Hurricane Willa hit land on the coast of Sinaloa, south of Mazatlán as a predicted Category 3 where she carried forward inland, losing intensity and turning into a tropical depression. Local meteorological services say that the remnants of Willa will cause storms in Jalisco, Nayarit, Coahuila and Sinaloa.

The National Water Commission reported Willa making landfall with 195 km/h winds and gusts of 240 km/h. Luis Felipe Puente, national coordinator of Civil Protection, reports that Willa’s arrival caused electric power outages, knocked down poles and trees and left structural damage, but no human losses or injuries.

The National Water Commission says that another disturbance, frontal system number 7, will remain stationary on the northwest Gulf of Mexico. They say that system is associated with a cold air mass will cause cool temperatures and high winds gusts in excess of 50 km/h in states to the north, center and east of the country.

A surveillance zone is being maintained from Perula Beach, Jalisco to Tempehuaya Bay north of Mazatlan, Sinaloa including the Marías Islands.