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Mexico issues alert for possible arrival of hurricane on Pacific coast

During 2021, 15 cyclones have formed in the Pacific.

During 2021, 15 cyclones have formed in the Pacific.

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Mexican authorities warned this Sunday of the development of a tropical storm with the possibility of becoming a category 1 hurricane during the course of Monday that will impact some states in the Mexican Pacific.

“Tropical Depression Sixteen E is expected to reach the category of a tropical storm by Sunday evening, which will bear the name of Pamela“, Said in a virtual press conference, Alejandra Méndez Girón, coordinator of the National Meteorological Service (SMN).

He explained that this morning tropical depression 16 E was formed on the Pacific coast, which until 1:00 p.m. local time was located 460 kilometers south southwest of Mazatlán, Sinaloa.

The phenomenon, he pointed out, presents sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and rgusts of 75 km / h and moves west-northwest at 30 km / h.

The tropical depression will generate, as of this afternoon and night, winds, high waves and rains, on the coasts of Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, in Guerrero, Lázaro Cárdenas, in Michoacán, Manzanillo, in Colima and Puerto Vallarta, in Jalisco.

Méndez Girón predicted that between the afternoon and night of Monday it will intensify to a category 1 hurricane and change its direction of travel towards the coasts of Baja California and Sinaloa.

While on Tuesday night it could increase its intensity to category 2 and it is expected that on Wednesday night or Thursday morning it will make landfall on the coasts of Sinaloa where it would reach category 3.

It is not ruled out that when it makes landfall it will intensify to a category 3 hurricane“, He pointed.

To take precautions

Eliseo Malacara, director of emergency management of the General Directorate of Civil Protection, asked the population of the affected states to take extreme precautions, identify the risks and do not throw garbage in drains to avoid flood problems.

Likewise, he urged the population to stay informed through official sources and to be protected while the meteorological phenomenon occurs.

The recommendations were also extended to navigation to take extreme precautions.

Méndez Girón recalled that the hurricane season in Mexico is not over yet and noted that another cyclone is expected at the end of October and another in early November.

So far this year, five hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic basin, Elsa, Grace, Henri, Ida and Larry, of which Grace, Ida and Larry reached the highest category, 3 or more.

While cyclones have formed in the Pacific Ocean Andrés, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora and Olaf.

Dolores made landfall in mid-June and left three dead from electrical storms.

In mid-August, the rains generated by Grace, which made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico, killed at least 11 people, eight in the state of Veracruz and three in the central state of Puebla. in addition to severe flooding and damage.

The cyclone had impacted days before in the Yucatan peninsula, where it also left floods and power failures, although without fatalities.

While Nora, who made landfall on August 28, left a minor dead in the state of Jalisco and seven disappeared, six of them fishermen from the state of Guerrero.

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