Hurricane Willa threatens Mexico as 'extremely dangerous' Category 4 storm

Hurricane Willa, an "extremely dangerous" storm that was upgraded to a Category 4 late Sunday, was expected to hit Mexico's coast late Tuesday or Wednesday.

Hurricane Willa, an “extremely dangerous” storm that was upgraded to a Category 4 late Sunday, is expected to slam Mexico’s Pacific coast late Tuesday or Wednesday.
The storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), “continues to rapidly strengthen,” as it barrels toward the coast. As of the center’s 8 p.m. ET advisory, the hurricane was roughly 225 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.



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430 PM MDT Tropical Cyclone Update: continues to rapidly intensity and is now an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane http://hurricanes.gov 

Willa is forecast to produce “life-threatening storm surge, wind, and rainfall” over areas of southwestern and west-central Mexico, meteorologists said.
A hurricane watch was in effect for a stretch of shore between San Blas and Mazatlan, while a tropical storm warning was posted for the area between Playa Perula to San Blas.



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, now a major hurricane in the eastern Pacific could lead to more heavy rain across Texas by the middle of this week. The associated moisture will then interact with a stationary front and possibly spawn a nor'easter off/near the Mid-Atlantic coast by next weekend.

The storm could produce dangerous storm surge while dumping 5 to 10 inches of rain across parts of western Jalisco, western Nayarit and southern Sinaloa states, the NHC said.
Meanwhile, a weakening Tropical Storm Vicente appeared to be a less potent threat farther south. Forecasters said it was expected to weaken into a tropical depression overnight while remaining just offshore or near Mexico’s southern Pacific coast through Tuesday morning.

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