Oct 24, 2018

Hurricane Willa Hits Mexico's Central Pacific Coast

The hurricane made landfall as a Category 3 storm and has since been downgraded

Hurricane Willa makes landfall bringing heavy rains and storm surges
Hurricane Willa makes landfall bringing heavy rains and storm surges

On Oct. 23, Hurricane Willa made landfall in Isla del Bosque, Mexico, as a Category 3 storm with maximum winds of 120 mph. The storm has been downgraded to a tropical depression as it moves north through Mexico and into Texas. Tropical Depression Willa is forecast to continue to bring heavy rain and storm surge, according to the Weather Channel.

At landfall, the storm brought dangerous storm surges in parts of Mexico’s southwestern coast in the states of Sinaloa and Nayarit, said the National Hurricane Center. Power outages have been reported in some areas and Mexico’s government maintains a hurricane warning for Las Islas Marias, as reported by NPR.

Rainfall totals are predicted to reach up to 18 in. in parts of the Mexican states of Durango, Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa. Additionally, landslides and flash floods are a risk.

The storm which formed early Saturday underwent explosive strengthening in a 48-hour period from a tropical storm to a Category 5 storm. It downgraded to a Category 3 storm before hitting Mexico’s Pacific coast and quickly dropped to a tropical depression after landfall.

Hurricane Willa’s landfall came three years to the day after the strongest hurricane to hit the Pacific coast, Hurricane Patricia, made landfall in Jalisco, Mexico, as a Category 5 storm. The storm also comes in the midst of the most active hurricane season on record with 10 major hurricanes this year, according to accumulated cyclone energy, as reported by CNN. The storm comes just a few short weeks after Hurricane Michael devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast.