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Willa weakens to the tropical storm, moves westward over West Mexico: NPR



A man riding his bike down a street as Hurricane Willa arrives in Escuinapa, Sinaloa state on Tuesday.

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A man riding his bike down a street as Hurricane Willa arrives in Escuinapa, Sinaloa state on Tuesday.

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A weakened Willa was demoted to a tropical storm after landing in Western Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane, and "life-threatening storm tides, wind and rain" are still active in the region, says the National Hurricane Center.

The storm landed at 9 pm near Isla del Bosque, Sinaloa. ET with maximum wind speeds of 120 mph. These winds are weakened to just 45mph as of NHC 2 AM ET Update. The storm is currently about 10 miles southeast of the Mexican state of Durango in the Midwest, moving north at 20 miles per hour.

The continued rapid slowdown is forecast until Wednesday noon. The NHC expects the storm to resolve by Wednesday afternoon.

Mexican Marines guard a shelter on Tuesday in Escuinapa, Sinaloa state.

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Mexican Marines guard a shelter on Tuesday in Escuinapa, Sinaloa state.

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An "extremely dangerous" storm surge occurs along parts of the southwestern Mexican coast in the states of Sinaloa and Nayarit. Right on the coast, the wave is accompanied by "big, destructive" waves.

The Associated Press reports blackouts in some areas and damage to thin buildings with tin roofs. "Damage assessments were limited by darkness and disrupted communication, and by the morning no extensive information was expected," the news agency reports.

People stay in an improvised shelter on Tuesday in Escuinapa, Sinaloa state.

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On Tuesday, people in Escuinapa, Sinaloa State, stay in an improvised shelter.

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The Mexican government has issued a hurricane warning for Las Islas Marias, an archipelago of more than 1,000 residents and thousands of other federal prisoners.

Hurricane warnings remain in force for 180 miles of the Mexican Pacific coast between San Blas and Mazatlán. The Mexican government has stopped all warnings about tropical cyclone on the coast.

The storm is expected to be a rainmaker for North Mexico and Texas on Wednesday.


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