Hurricane Willa

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The pic. above is Hurricane Willa when it was well off the Mexican Coast.  NHC had this as a Category 5 storm, though I will add that it’s harder to classify without actually weather observations and air reconnaissance to confirm the numbers.  Fortunately, the storm weakened quite a bit as it came toward the coast and was probably wind-wise no more than a strong Category 1 or weak 2 (actually meastured land winds) when the storm crossed inland.  A Mexican weather station near Marismas Nacionales recently reporteda wind gust to 95 mph.  You could see the eye collapsing as it moved inland.  The storm came in south of Mazatlan and north of Puerto Villarta.  This is near Isla Del Bosque, Sinaloa, or about 10 miles (15 km) south of Escuinapa.  Over 7,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm. 

  Here’s the path of the remnants of the storm, heading toward the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast:

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Here’s the area of strong winds from Willa:

[Image of probabilities of 34-kt winds]

Check out Mexican weather observations…the forecast discussion on the storm..the forecast advisorya satellite loop

Farther south, Mexican officials reported 12 deaths related to heavy rains from Tropical Storm Vicente.  They were lost due to flooding or mudslides, not due to wind.

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