Pamela is expected to bring a storm surge and heavy rainfall to Mexico’s Pacific coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane Pamela made landfall in the Mexican Pacific, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in the United States reported, with a potentially fatal storm surge and heavy rain forecast.
The storm regained the strength of a hurricane just before hitting the coast on Wednesday morning, 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of the resort and fishing port of Mazatlan, the NHC said.
Pamela brought maximum winds of around 120 km / h (75 mph) on landing and is expected to weaken quickly as she moved inland. Previous forecasts had predicted a stronger storm.
The “center of Hurricane Pamela made landfall on the west-central coast of Mexico near Estacion Dimas”, a community of about 3,600 residents, NHC reported.
The hurricane was moving northeast at 14 mph (22 km / h) and the remnants of the storm could approach the U.S. state of Texas by Thursday.
The Miami, Florida-based NHC has warned of the possibility of potentially fatal storm surges, flash floods and dangerous winds around the impact area.
Authorities have called on people in rural areas to move to shelters due to the risk of flooding.
Pamela is expected to weaken as it crosses northern Mexico and could approach the Texas border as a tropical depression by Wednesday or Thursday evening.
Pamela was to dip Sinaloa, which is the country’s largest producer of corn, Mexico’s staple grain, as well as a major producer of tomatoes and other fruits that feature prominently in the country’s agricultural exports to the United States. United.
Rainfall of between 10 and 30 centimeters (four and 12 inches) is expected to hit both Sinaloa and the neighboring state of Durango.
“This precipitation can trigger flash floods and large and potentially fatal mudslides,” the NHC added.
Last year, Sinaloa alone produced more than 380,000 tonnes of tomatoes, nearly a fifth of Mexico’s domestic production and largely destined for export, according to government data.
Due to its location, Mexico is often hit by tropical storms and hurricanes on its Pacific and Atlantic coasts.
In August, Hurricane Nora made landfall in the Pacific state of Jalisco, killing a child and leaving one missing. Hurricane Grace killed at least 11 people on the east coast of mainland Mexico in the same month.
In September, Hurricane Olaf made landfall on the Baja California Peninsula causing minor damage.