Pamela is expected to become a hurricane before making landfall near the port of Mazatlán by midweek.
MEXICO CITY – Tropical Storm Pamela strengthened rapidly Monday as it moved off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific, and is expected to become a hurricane before making landfall near the port of Mazatlán by midweek.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center indicated that the Pamela vortex was located about 645 kilometers (400 miles) south-southwest of Mazatlán on Monday night and was moving in a north-northwest direction at about 13 km / h (8 mph). The storm had maximum sustained winds of about 110 km / h (70 mph).
Pamela is forecast to veer north and northeast, passing near the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in hurricane force Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The meteor is expected to make landfall near Mazatlán, possibly as a Category 3 hurricane.
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Subsequently, it is expected to weaken as it passes through northern Mexico and approaches the Texas border as a tropical depression on Thursday.
The hurricane center warns of the possibility of storm surge, flash flooding and dangerous winds near the area of impact.