Dangerous Hurricane Willa closes in on Mexico


MEXICO CITY, Oct 22, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Hurricane Willa surged to a dangerous
Category Four storm Sunday off Mexico’s Pacific coast, US forecasters said.

“Extremely dangerous… Hurricane Willa continues to rapidly strengthen
(and is) forecast to produce life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall
over portions of southwestern and west-central Mexico beginning on Tuesday,”
the Miami-based National Hurricane Center warned.

The monster storm was 365 kilometers (225 miles) south-southwest of Cabo
Corrientes, Mexico, packing top sustained winds of 220 kilometers per hour.

It was churning forward north-northwest, at a slow nine kilometers per
hour, the forecast said.

“Additional strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Willa
is forecast to be a dangerous hurricane when it reaches the coast of Mexico,”
the NHC said.

Mexico’s government has put various parts of the coast on alert.