- Hurricane Pamela strengthened and reached Category 1 on Tuesday as it moves along Mexico’s Pacific coast.
- The rainfall caused by the hurricane could cause landslides, an increase in the levels of rivers and streams and flooding in low-lying areas
- Authorities said the debris from the hurricane could affect parts of the south-central United States “late on Wednesday or on Thursday.”
Hurricane Pamela became in the last hours a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale as it approaches the coast of the state of Sinaloa, in the Mexican Pacific, reported the National Meteorological Service (SMN) of Mexico.
“Hurricane Pamela, category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, continues to strengthen, to the south-southeast of the coast of Baja California Sur and to the west of the coast of Jalisco,” detailed the SMN in its most recent report.
Hurricane Pamela continues to get stronger
At 7:00 local time (8:00 EST), the cyclone is located 345 kilometers south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas, in Baja California Sur, and 355 kilometers west of Cabo Corrientes, in Jalisco. The phenomenon moves north at 20 kilometers per hour and registers sustained winds of 130 km / h with gusts of up to 160 km / h.
The cyclone “will cause very heavy rains with intense points in Baja California and Sinaloa; very strong punctual rains in Durango, Nayarit and Jalisco, as well as punctual heavy rains in Sonora and Colima ”, according to information from the Efe news agency.
They launch warning
In addition to wind with gusts of 80 to 100 km / h and waves of 3 to 5 meters in the coasts of Baja California Sur, Sinaloa and Nayarit and wind with gusts of 60 to 70 km / h and waves of 3 to 5 meters in the coasts of Jalisco, reported the Meteorological.
“The rains caused by the cyclone could cause landslides, an increase in the levels of rivers and streams and floods in low-lying areas,” the agency explained.
They ask for extreme precautions
For this reason, he asked the general population to take extreme precautions in the areas of the aforementioned states due to rain, wind and waves (including maritime navigation) and to attend to the recommendations issued by the authorities of the National Civil Protection System, in each region.
According to the Meteorological forecast, Pamela will strengthen to a category 2 hurricane and will make landfall in the state of Sinaloa this Wednesday, subsequently degrading over the territory while causing heavy rains in the country. The storm was also forecast to make landfall near Mazatlán on Wednesday, potentially as a Category 3 hurricane.
Hurricane Pamela could affect parts of the US
The US National Hurricane Center (NHS) has warned of the possibility of life-threatening storm surges, flash flooding and dangerous winds around the impact area.
Pamela was expected to weaken crossing northern Mexico and could approach the Texas border as a tropical depression on Thursday. The center said the debris from the hurricane could affect parts of the south-central United States “as of Wednesday or Thursday.”
This year in the Pacific Ocean the cyclones Andrés, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora, Olaf and Pamela have formed. Dolores made landfall in mid-June, killing three from electrical storms.
In mid-August, the rains generated by Grace – created in the Atlantic – which made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico, caused the death of at least eleven people – eight in the state of Veracruz and three in the central state of Puebla – in addition severe flooding and damage.
Floods and power failures
The cyclone had impacted days before in the Yucatan peninsula, where it also caused flooding and electrical failures, although without fatalities. To see the video of the heavy rains click HERE.
Meanwhile, Nora, who made landfall on August 28, caused a minor to die in the state of Jalisco and seven disappeared, six of them fishermen from the state of Guerrero.
Staying alert for storms
Families should prepare for the storm, that’s what Louis W. Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service, recommends. “Now is the time for families and communities to make sure their preparations are in place,” he said.
“These storms can be devastating, so be prepared for all possible outcomes by keeping an eye on the forecast and the following safety information and possible evacuation notifications issued by emergency officials,” he added. Filed Under: Hurricane Pamela.
Floods in China kill at least 28, including 13 in bus sinking
On the other hand, at least 13 people died after a bus fell and sank in a swollen river amid heavy flooding that caused at least 15 other deaths in northern China, authorities confirmed on Tuesday.
Another 37 people riding the bus were rescued, according to state broadcaster CCTV, of whom seven were hospitalized. The driver was detained and a person was missing.
Floods in China kill at least 28
The accident occurred on Monday after floods caused by heavy rains destroyed homes and covered crops in two provinces near the country’s capital Beijing, it reported. The Associated Press.
The official news website The Paper said the bus driver ignored warnings not to try to cross a bridge that was almost covered by rising waters. A video posted online showed people on top of the nearly submerged bus as water flowed over the bridge near the outskirts of Hebei’s provincial capital, Shijiazhuang.
More than 120 thousand people evacuated
In Shanxi province, west of Hebei, 15 people have died in floods that have caused a direct economic loss of more than 5 billion yuan ($ 770 million), CCTV reported. More than 120,000 people were evacuated in the province as thousands of houses collapsed and 190,000 hectares (470,000 acres) of crops resulted damaged.
The floods have also disrupted coal mining operations in the area amid a fuel shortage across the country. The strike comes as the government is trying to address the energy shortage that has affected industry and even some households. Shanxi, normally a dry region, also closed 166 tourist sites after floods damaged a section of an ancient wall in the historic UNESCO-listed city of Pingyao.
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