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Pamela weakens to a tropical storm but will be a Category 1 hurricane again

Pamela will make landfall in Sinaloa as a tropical storm on Wednesday, according to experts.

Pamela will make landfall in Sinaloa as a tropical storm on Wednesday, according to experts.

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Cyclone Pamela, turned into a category 1 hurricane on Tuesday, weakened in the last hours to a tropical storm south of Baja California Sur, in the Mexican Pacific, but will regain strength to become a hurricane again, reported the National Meteorological Service (SMN) of Mexico.

Pamela decreased the intensity of her winds and is now over the Pacific Ocean like a tropical storm. Nevertheless, It is expected that during this night the speed of its winds will increase again to those of a hurricane and head towards the coasts of Sinaloa ”, indicated the SMN in its most recent report.

At 4:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. GMT) the center of the cyclone was located approximately 220 kilometers (km) south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, and 385 km southwest of Mazatlán, Sinaloa.

Training records maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (km / h), gusts of 130 km / h and moves northwest at 15 km / h.

In the report, the SMN indicated that in the next few hours, Pamela’s circulation “will cause very heavy rains (from 50 to 75 millimeters (mm)) to intense (75 to 150 mm) in Baja California Sur and Sinaloa; very strong in the southwest of Chihuahua, the west of Durango, Nayarit, the western highlands of Jalisco and the south of Sonora, and strong (from 25 to 50 mm) in Colima ”.

In addition to wind gusts of 80 to 100 km / h with waves of 3 to 5 meters (m) in height on the coasts of Baja California Sur, Nayarit and Sinaloa, and gusts of 60 to 70 km / h with waves of 3 to 5 m off the coast of Jalisco.

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

Because of that, asked the general population to be extremely cautious in the areas of the aforementioned states due to rain, wind and waves (including maritime navigation) and to attend to the recommendations issued by the authorities of the National Civil Protection System in each region.

According to the meteorological forecast, Pamela will strengthen again to a category 1 hurricane after midnight this Tuesday and will make landfall, as a tropical storm, through the state of Sinaloa on Wednesday, degrading over the territory while causing heavy rains in the northwest of 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 and left three dead from thunderstorms.

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.

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

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

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