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25 October 2018, 08:28 | Justin Tyler
Hurricane Willa bears down on Mexico
It is now moving north-eastwards across Mexico where it is expected to lose strength rapidly, and is likely to become a tropical storm or depression on Wednesday.
Forecasters said Category 3 Hurricane Willa made landfall on Mexico's coast near the town of Isla del Bosque in the state of Sinaloa.
Winds were at 45 miles per hour and the storm was moving the northeast into the Mexico state of Durango at 20 miles per hour.
Willa has made landfall in Western Mexico yesterday evening as a Cat 3 with sustained winds of 195 kmph.
Up to 18 inches (45 cm) of rainfall could pummel parts of the storm zone, the Miami-based hurricane center said. Federal authorities declined to comment on precautions that were taken at the prison, citing security concerns, but said the safety of inmates was a priority.
The storm veered into Mexico about 50 miles (80 km) south of Mazatlan, a major city and popular tourist resort in Sinaloa.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said storm rapidly lost force and dissipated over northern Mexico Wednesday morning.
The US National Hurricane Centre said that the eye of the unsafe Category three storm was about to make landfall, and little variation in strength was expected beforehand.
Mexico's Pacific coast has already been hit by deadly storms and rains this hurricane season. He and his son, who also works at the hotel, stayed on the job, though the rest of his family had left the area.
Thousands of people have been evacuated and buildings boarded up along Mexico's Pacific coast as "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Willa started tearing in with high winds and heavy rains.
Precipitation will be all rain after around 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day, with the rain, heavy at times, accompanied by gusty winds that could bring down tree limbs and cause power outages. "Everything is closed", Hernandez said.
In neighboring Nayarit state, Gov. Antonio Echevarria asked the federal government to send a helicopter, boats, rescue equipment, and said the state is trying to evacuate people in communities at risk of flooding.
Civil defense director Luis Felipe Puente said at a televised news conference that 58 shelters had been set up for evacuees, although majority took refuge with friends and relatives. A few surfers enjoyed the big waves while the streets onshore were almost deserted except for workers boarding up windows at hotels, shops and homes.
The governments of Sinaloa and Nayarit states ordered coastal region schools to close on Monday and began preparing emergency shelters ahead of the onslaught.
Some families took shelter at the Mazatlan convention center, spreading out blankets along the walls to wait out the storm.
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