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Hurricane Willa, Tropical Storm Vicente to batter Mexico’s Pacific

As of Monday, Hurricane Willa intensified to a Category 4 storm as it continues to make its way toward land. The National Meteorological Service reports Willa is expected to make landfall on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning in Nayarit or southern Sinaloa.

Hurricane Willa is anticipated to arrive with maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h. The hurricane, which remains located southwest of Jalisco, continues to be monitored by the National Hurricane Center in Miami in a surveillance zone from Playa Pérula, Jalisco, to Bahía Tepehuayas, north of Mazatlán, Sinaloa.

As Willa intensifies and remains much stronger than Tropical Storm Vicente, it will limit the ability for Vicente to strengthen, losing wind intensity through Tuesday.

“The strong winds around Willa will essentially absorb Vicente, pulling the moisture into southwestern Mexico by Monday night. Willa will make landfall shortly after, but farther north,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis.

As Willa approaches the coast and begins to interact with mountainous terrain, slight weakening is expected to a Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 185 km/h (115 mph).

Tropical Storm Vincent, located south of the coasts of Oaxaca, is expected to make landfall Wednesday night, arriving with wind gusts exceeding 85 km/h, waves of 2 to 4 meters and possible waterspouts off the coasts of Michoacán, Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa.

Strong wind gusts in excess of 50 km/h are also anticipated for Guerrero and Oaxaca along with waves of between 2 and 3 meters and possible waterspouts. Due to Vincent, water hazards are expected to develop in Acapulco, Zihuatanejo and Manzanillo.

The National Meteorological Service says that due to recent rainfall, soil in some regions has been softened, increasing the likeliness of mudslides and landslides. River overflows will also likely affect roadways as well as flooding in low lying areas.

The population is advised to exercise extreme caution and to be attentive to the notices issued by the SMN as well as Civil Protection and of the state and municipal authorities.

During this season, Willa, who became a major hurricane Sunday, is the ninth cyclone to reach category 4.