Updated: 10/28/2018 5:06:22 AM
The remnants of what used to be Hurricane Willa are creating a miserable weekend in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.
The National Weather Service said the storm has transformed into a nor’easter that’s going lash the region Saturday with rain, strong winds — and some snow and ice.
Winds could gust to 50 mph on the coast.
Updated: 10/27/2018 2:43:12 AM
The remnants of Willa are dumping rain in the mid-Atlantic states and meteorologists say the precipitation could convert to snow in the higher elevations of upstate New York and New England this weekend.
Boston, Philadelphia and New York City will see heavy rain and strong winds.
Some forecast models have the storm going north up the East Coast while others have it going out to the Atlantic Ocean.
Updated: 10/25/2018 4:38:48 AM
Emergency workers and federal troops struggled to reach beach towns left isolated by a blow from Hurricane Willa, and the storm continued to force evacuations Wednesday due to fear of flooding even as it dissipated over northern Mexico. Thousands of homes were still without power.
There were no immediate reports of deaths or missing people, but the storm's 195 kph winds damaged a hospital, knocked out power, toppled wood-shack homes and ripped metal roofing off other houses in the Sinaloa state municipality of Escuinapa when it came ashore Tuesday evening.
The worst damage was expected to be in the handful of coastal communities that were cut off by road and without communications. Workers were trying to remove toppled power poles and trees blocking the roads.
The Interior Department announced late Wednesday that 12,000 soldiers, 3,800 sailors and 120 federal police officers had been sent to help. It said federal aircraft also were being deployed.
The storm is presently in an incipient phase. Rain from Willa’s remnants is spreading over San Antonio and Austin, which are both under flash flood watches. But the flood risk should diminish Wednesday night as the rain moves to the east toward Southeast Texas and Louisiana.
Updated: 10/24/2018 1:16:08 AM
Powerful hurricane Willa has made landfall near Isla Del Bosque, Sinaloa, on the western coast of Mexico, approximately 50 miles south of Mazatlán.
The Category 3 storm will quickly weaken over the next 24 hours as it makes its way across the Sierra Madre range and becomes a rainmaker for northern Mexico and Texas on Wednesday.
"Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.," the hurricane center said. "Rainfall will cause life-threatening flash flooding and landslides."
Forecasters warn the storm will bring life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall to parts of western Mexico. Federal officials said late Tuesday there were early reports of blackouts in some places and damage to flimsy structures with tin roofs.
Updated: 10/23/2018 5:45:47 AM
Thousands of people were evacuated, buildings boarded up and classes canceled on Mexico's Pacific coast as Hurricane Willa threatened to batter tourist resorts with high winds and heavy rains on Tuesday.
Forecast to be one of the most powerful hurricanes to enter Mexico from the Pacific in recent years, Willa is expected to strike a few miles south of Mazatlan as soon as Tuesday afternoon.
Antonio Echevarria, governor of Nayarit, said more than 10,000 people were being evacuated and schools would be closed. He warned locals not to defy the storm.
"Let's not play the macho. Let's not act like superheroes," he said. "It's a very strong hurricane, very potent, and we don't want any tragedies."
Updated: 10/23/2018 1:08:43 AM
After briefly reaching category 5 strength, the storm’s maximum sustained winds weakened slightly to category 4 at midafternoon. But it remained “extremely dangerous” and was expected to bring “life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall” to parts of west-central and south-western Mexico ahead of an expected Tuesday landfall, the US National Hurricane Center said.
A decree of “extraordinary emergency” was issued for 19 municipalities in Nayarit and Sinaloa states, the federal interior department announced.
Updated: 10/22/2018 9:00:42 AM
Hurricane Willa has intensified into a Category 5 storm in the Pacific — and is on track to slam into the western coast of Mexico by the middle of the week, officials said.
Willa is expected to deliver rainfall of up to 46 cm along parts of south-west Mexico, the NHC said on Monday, as it reported that the storm was carrying winds of 256 km/h.
The governments of Sinaloa and Nayarit states ordered coastal region schools to close and began preparing emergency shelters.
Mazatlan, with a metropolitan-area population of about 500,000, is a popular vacation spot. It is closer to the U.S. than most other Pacific resorts and home to a large number of American and Canadian expatriates.
The hurricane's projected track also included Esquinapa, a town a few miles inland with almost 60,000 people in and around it.
Published Monday, October 22, 2018
Hurricane Willa gained dangerous strength on Sunday night as it churned towards Mexico's Pacific coast, home to some of the country's major tourist draws, where it was forecast to unleash torrential rains and major flooding, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
The Miami-based centre upgraded the menacing storm to a powerful Category 4 storm on the 5-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale as it lashed out maximum sustained winds of about 209 km per hour.
The hurricane "continues to rapidly strengthen," the NHC said in an advisory, adding that Willa will likely produce a life-threatening storm surge.
By Sunday afternoon, the storm was located about 362 km southwest of Cabo Corrientes, on the coast of Jalisco state.
The hurricane center estimates that total rainfall will range between 5 inches and 38.1 cm across stretches of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa states, home to Mexican white sand beach resorts of Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.
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