MAZATLAN, Mexico – The northwest coast of Mexico was hit by hurricane Willa on Tuesday, which made landfall as a category 3 hurricane on the five-stage Saffir-Simpson scale in the town of Escuinapa, in the state of Sinaloa, while the remnants of the storm Vicente dissipate over the state of Michoacan.
Willa’s eye made landfall at around 8:00 pm local time (0100 GMT Wednesday) in the neighborhood of Escuinapa and its “front wall” already extends over the Mexican states of Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco. It will reach Durango and Zacatecas in the next few hours.
Its cloud bands extend in a diameter of about 240 kilometers between the port of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, and to the city of Tepic, in the state of Nayarit.
The Mexico Meteorological Service (SMN) indicated that Willa made landfall with sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour and gusts of 240 kilometers and traveling at 17 kilometers per hour.
The torrential rain and the winds are centered in the Escuinapa region, considered the sixth most important region of Sinaloa with around 32,000 inhabitants, and in the surrounding areas.