Hurricane Willa has grown on its way to the Mexican west coast after predicting a Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific. Tourists have left Mexico's Mazatlan beach as a result.
Hurricane Willa has grown into a category 4 "extremely dangerous" storm in the Eastern Pacific on its way to Mexico's west coast, meteorologists say.
Earlier on Monday Willa had achieved the status of category 5 with 160 mph winds.
Landfall is predicted for late Tuesday or early Wednesday, likely as a major hurricane (category 3 or higher), said the National Hurricane Center.
The Center Willa said, "It is expected to trigger life-threatening storm surges, wind and rainfall in parts of southwestern and western central Mexico starting on Tuesday."
"Willa is expected to be lethal landing about 40-60 miles south of Mazatlan, Me Jacco, "said AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.
The vulnerable area includes a section of high-rise resort hotels, surfing beaches and fishing villages. [1 9659008] Hotels began to glue their windows on and officials began to evacuate thousands of people from closed schools in a low-lying landscape, where cities lie amidst farmland between sea and lagoons.
"People do not want to evacuate, but it's their safety," said Enrique Moreno, mayor of Escuinapa, a town of about 60,000 in Willa's forecast path.
A hurricane warning has been posted for Mexico's west coast between San Blas and Mazatlan. Tropical storm warnings were raised from Playa Perula to San Blas and north of Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya.
From 23:00 EDT Monday, Willa was centered about 195 miles south-southwest of Mazatlan. He moved north at 9 miles per hour.
The storm grew in size: late Monday, hurricane-strong winds extended 56 miles from Willa's center, and tropical storm winds weighed up to 125 miles  The hurricane center forecast 6 to 12 inches of rain – and some places could see up to 18 inches – for parts of Mexico's western Jalisco, western Nayarit and southern Sinaloa states, increasing the risk of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas.  More: Following the Path of Hurricane Willa
Willa may spread during the week and subsequently heavy rains and the risk of flooding through central Mexico and the southern United States weekends, AccuWeather said , This includes water-saturated Texas.
The 21st Tropical Storm or Hurricane in the Eastern Pacific in 2018, Willa has grown in strength over the past few days, from a 40-mph tropical storm to a 160-mph monster.
Contribution: The Associated Press
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