Hurricane Willa was upgraded to a category 5 hurricane today. Windspeeds are currently at 160 mph (260 km/h). The hurricane is expected to make landfall Tuesday 23 October at 1800.
The storm will enter Mexico from San Blas to Mazatlán, this includes Las Islas Marias. The storm will bring high winds, heavy rainfall, and large destructive waves to the west coast of Mexico. Willa is expected to weaken before it makes landfall, but it will still be considered a major hurricane.
The system will bring significant rainfall to Texas, which is currently experiencing major flooding of major rivers and lakes. Mexico’s National Meteorological Services said wave heights will reach 20 feet (6 meters). Residents are being told to use “extreme caution”.
The areas that will be affected by Willa are predominately tourist destinations, and does not threaten any major port operations, ISS offices, or oil & gas sector.
SUMMARY OF 1200 PM MDT...1800 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 155 MI...250 KM SSW OF LAS ISLAS MARIAS MEXICO
ABOUT 120 MI...190 KM SW OF CABO CORRIENTES MEXICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...160 MPH...260 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 360 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...925 MB...27.32 INCHES
Airlines are canceling flights ahead of the hurricane, and are issuing travel waivers. Southwest airlines issued a travel advisory for travelers headed from Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
Electrical & Infrastructure
Complete power outages are expected. Rainfall amounts will cause landslides, flash floods, and damage to roadways.