Pamela becomes a category 1 hurricane and threatens the Mexican Pacific coast

The National Meteorological Service of Mexico reported that Pamela became a Category 1 hurricane in the last hours on the Saffir-Simpson scale as it approaches the coasts of the state of Sinaloa, in the Mexican Pacific.

“The center of hurricane Pamela, category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, continues to strengthen, south-southeast of the coast of Baja California Sur and west of the coast of Jalisco,” detailed the National Meteorological Service.

At 7:00 local time (12:00 GMT), the cyclone is located 345 kilometers south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas, in Baja California Sur, and 355 kilometers west of Cabo Corrientes, in Jalisco.

The phenomenon moves north at 20 kilometers per hour and registers sustained winds of 130 km / h with gusts of up to 160 km / h.

The Cyclon “It will cause very heavy rains with intense points in Baja California and Sinaloa; very strong punctual rains in Durango, Nayarit and Jalisco, as well as punctual heavy rains in Sonora and Colima ”.

In addition to wind with gusts of 80 to 100 km / h and waves of 3 to 5 meters in the coasts of Baja California Sur, Sinaloa and Nayarit and wind with gusts of 60 to 70 km / h and waves of 3 to 5 meters in the coasts of Jalisco, reported the Meteorological.

“The rains caused by the cyclone could cause landslides, an increase in the levels of rivers and streams and floods in low-lying areas,” the agency explained.

Thus, asked to take extreme precautions to the general population in the areas of the aforementioned states due to rain, wind and waves (including maritime navigation) and to comply with the recommendations issued by the authorities of the National Civil Protection System, in each region.

According to the Meteorological forecast, Pamela will strengthen to a category 2 hurricane and will make landfall in the state of Sinaloa this Wednesday, subsequently degrading over the territory while causing heavy rains in the country.

This year in the Pacific Ocean the cyclones Andrés, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora, Olaf and Pamela have formed. Dolores made landfall in mid-June, killing three from electrical storms.

In mid-August, the rains generated by Grace – created in the Atlantic – which made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico, caused the death of at least eleven people – eight in the state of Veracruz and three in the central state of Puebla – in addition severe flooding and damage.

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