Pamela becomes a Category 1 hurricane this Wednesday, October 13, before hitting the coast north of the Mexican port of Mazatlán, meteorologists say. On Tuesday the phenomenon had degraded to a tropical storm, but it is regaining strength in the Pacific.
The threat of Pamela turned into a Hurricane in Mexico returns in the next few hours. The phenomenon is expected to produce life-threatening storm surges, “significant” coastal flooding, “large and destructive waves” and dangerous winds around the impact area, the US-based National Hurricane Center (CNH) warned.
Meteorologists indicated that at dawn on Wednesday the weather phenomenon was located southwest of Mazatlán, in the state of Sinaloa, while moving northeast, with maximum winds of approximately 110 kilometers per hour.
“A strengthening is forecast overnight, and Pamela is expected to become a hurricane again before it hits the west-central coast of Mexico on Wednesday,” the CNH said.
Tropical Storm Pamela is picking up momentum in the Pacific off Mexico and forecasters say it should be back to hurricane strength again before striking Mazatlan. Pamela is forecast to weaken again and hit Texas as a tropical depression by Thursday. https://t.co/gAG9jcypuv
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Then, it would pass through the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, while accelerating its advance towards the coast and recovering the force of the wind.
Once it makes landfall, Pamela will encounter a cold front, which will cause “intense and torrential rains (up to 250 millimeters) that could generate an increase in the levels of rivers and streams, mudslides and floods in areas of Baja California Sur, Sinaloa. , Durango and Nayarit ”, explained the National Water Commission (Conagua).
Also, upon arrival, Pamela will generate winds of between 120 and 150 kilometers per hour and waves of up to six meters, off the coast of Sinaloa.
For the coastline of Nayarit, Baja California Sur and Jalisco, experts predict winds of between 60 and 100 kph and waves of up to five meters.
Pamela would weaken as she approached the Texas border
The CNH predicted that the weather phenomenon would weaken as it crossed northern Mexico and could approach the Texas border like a tropical depression on Thursday.
The center explained that the remnants of the storm could bring heavy rains to the center of that American city, as well as to southeastern Oklahoma.
For now, the Mexican authorities ask citizens to take extreme precautions in the areas that are expected to be hit. They recommend avoiding maritime navigation and following the measures issued by Civil Protection in each region.
Due to its location, this country is frequently affected by tropical storms and hurricanes on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.
In August, Hurricane Nora made landfall in the Pacific state of Jalisco, killing a child and leaving another person missing.
In the same month, Hurricane Grace killed at least 11 people on the East Coast.
And in September, Hurricane Olaf made landfall on the Baja California peninsula, causing minor damage.
With AP and AFP