- Tropical storm Pamela is approaching from the Pacific and threatens to bring heavy rainfall in several states on Mexico’s Pacific coast in the coming hours.
- The NHC “predicted that Pamela will become” a major hurricane when it hits the west-central coast of Mexico on Wednesday.
- This system could bring a potentially deadly storm surge and dangerous wind.
Tropical storm Pamela is approaching through the Pacific and threatens to bring heavy rainfall in the next few hours in several states on Mexico’s Pacific coast, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) of that country warned.
Storm Pamela approaches from the Pacific and threatens the coasts of Mexico
According to the NHC, this system, which moves west-northwest at 19 kilometers per hour, “could bring potentially deadly storm surges and dangerous winds” to part of the Pacific coastal states.
“Tropical storm Pamela, southwest of the Jalisco coast, is forecast to intensify during the course of today. It will cause very strong specific rains in Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco, as well as strong specific rains in Durango, Colima and Michoacán ”, added the Mexican Meteorological Service.
Heading to the Mexican shores
Pamela registers maximum sustained winds of 85 km / h with certain gusts that reach up to 100 km / h and at the end of the afternoon it was located 455 kilometers southwest of Playa Pérula, in the state of Jalisco.
According to the Mexican authorities, this tropical storm “will produce very strong punctual rains in Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco, as well as strong punctual rains in Durango, Colima and Michoacán; in addition to wind with gusts of 50 to 60 km / h and waves of 1 to 2 meters high on the coasts of Jalisco and Colima ”.
Heading to the Mexican shores
Tropical Storm Pamela is expected to approach the Mexican coasts until making landfall between Tuesday night and Wednesday. Meanwhile it could generate persistent rains, strong winds and heavy waves.
“The rains caused by the cyclone could cause landslides and an increase in the levels of rivers and streams, as well as possible floods,” warned the authorities and invited to take extreme precautions and follow the recommendations of the National Civil Protection System.
Storms in the Pacific
The hurricane season in the Pacific is well underway. During the last months, storms named Andrés, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora, Olaf and now Pamela have formed in its waters.
Of all of them, the most damaging systems have been Dolores and Nora. Dolores touched Mexican lands in mid-June and its electrical storms left three people dead, while Nora made landfall on August 28 and left a minor dead in Jalisco and seven missing in Guerrero, EFE recalled.
Storms in the Atlantic
The other storm that strongly affected Mexican soil was Grace, which arrived in mid-August across the Atlantic and made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico. Its intensity caused the death of 8 people in Veracruz and another 3 in Puebla.
Twenty named storms have already formed in the Atlantic, of which seven have become hurricanes: Elsa, Grace, Henri, Ida, Larry, Nicholas and Sam. At the moment, there is only one name available on the list: Wanda. If the forecasts are met, this name will also be crossed out, so they will have to use a complementary list approved by the World Meteorological Organization to replace the customary Greek alphabet, a measure that was implemented after the record 2020 season, he recalled USA Today.
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. Storm Pamela approaches in the Pacific and threatens the coasts of Mexico.
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