Mexico City, Aug 28 (EFE).- Hurricane Nora, formed in the Pacific Ocean, on Saturday made landfall in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco, triggering heavy rains, strong winds and storm surges in the northwestern states as it moves northwards.
“The center of hurricane Nora, a category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale, is situated west of Jalisco, its movement is causing very heavy rains at isolated places, strong winds and storm surges in the northwestern, western and southern states of the country,” Mexico’s National Meteorological Service said on Saturday.
The cyclonic storm is moving northwards and is expected to touch the coasts of the Nayarit province, mainly affecting the southern, western and central areas of the state.
“It seems that (the city of) Puerto Vallarta is calm, but the eye of the hurricane is right there, and everything can change in minutes. This is not the time to lower the guard,” Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro tweeted.
According to the NMS, at 7.15 pm Nora – which formed in the Pacific ocean earlier on Saturday – was situated 35 kilometers (22 miles) southeast of Cabo Corrientes (Jalisco) and 50 kilometers south-southwest of Puerto Vallarta.
The storm is carrying maximum sustained winds of 130 kph, with gusts of 155 kph, and is moving northwards at the speed of 22 kph.
The hurricane is predicted to pass along the coasts of Nayarit and enter the Gulf of California before easing into a tropical storm on Wednesday around 60 kilometers away from the city of Guaymas (Sonora province).
The MNS forecast “torrential rains at isolated places” in Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Nayarit provinces and very heavy rains at places in Sinaloa and Guerro, along with heavy to very heavy rains in Baja California Sur.
It warned the population in the affected areas of these states to maintain “extreme precautions” over rains, winds and storm surges (including in maritime navigation), and follow instructions issued by authorities.
Hurricane Grace, which originated in the Atlantic ocean, killed 11 people in Mexico over the weekend, including eight in the eastern state of Veracruz and three in the central Puebla.