Hurricane Willa, a storm described by forecasters as “life-threatening” and “potentially catastrophic”, has made landfall in western Mexico.
Currently a category three storm, it has maximum winds of 195km/h (120mph) and is causing “an extremely dangerous storm surge”.
The National Hurricane Center has warned residents to stay indoors.
Earlier this month areas of the US were devastated by Hurricane Michael, which left at least 27 people dead.
A hurricane warning is in effect in coastal areas from San Blas to the tourist city Mazatlan, as well as Las Islas Marias.
At a Glance
- Hurricane Michael has intensified to a Category 4 major hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Michael is expected to make landfall along Florida’s northeastern Gulf Coast Wednesday.
- A Category 4 or stronger hurricane has never made landfall in the Florida Panhandle.
- Michael has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
- Dangerous storm surge, damaging winds and flooding rain are likely impacts from the storm.
- Hurricane warnings and storm surge warnings have been issued along the Gulf Coast of Florida.
- Tropical storm warnings and watches are posted along the Southeast coast as far north as the Outer Banks.
- Heavy rain and strong winds will spread inland across parts of the Southeast after landfall.
Hurricane Michael has intensified to what the National Hurricane Center calls an “extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane.” The NHC said Michael could strengthen further before making landfall in the Florida Panhandle or Big Bend region on Wednesday. The storm will cause life-threatening storm surge, drop heavy rain and is packing destructive 130 mph winds.
Michael will approach the Florida Panhandle as a dangerous hurricane.- Landfall is most likely to occur somewhere between the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend of Florida Wednesday into Wednesday night. Depending on how quickly or slowly Michael begins to turn northeastward, landfall could be as early as late Tuesday night or delayed until early Thursday morning.
– Conditions may begin to deteriorate as early as Tuesday evening on the northeastern Gulf Coast.
– After landfall, Michael will then move farther inland across the southeastern U.S. into late-week with gusty winds and heavy rain.
– Michael could enhance rainfall in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern New England later this week.
At a Glance
- Tropical Storm Michael is strengthening in the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
- Michael could threaten the northeastern Gulf Coast as a hurricane in the week ahead.
- Storm surge, damaging winds and heavy rain are likely impacts along the northeastern Gulf Coast by midweek.
- Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of western Cuba and the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula.
- Hurricane watches will likely be posted along the northeastern Gulf Coast of the U.S. on Monday.
- Tropical-storm-force winds could arrive on the northeastern Gulf Coast by late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
- Florence made landfall as a hurricane near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Friday morning. The tropical storm was located about 15 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- A mother and an infant were killed when a tree fell onto their home in Wilmington. Police said the father was taken to a nearby hospital.
- More than 16 inches of rain have fallen in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way, the hurricane center said.
- Over 700,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina on Friday night, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.
- Nearly 2,100 flights have been canceled through Saturday.
- 11 million Americans live in areas under storm watches and warnings.
Source: Tropical Storm Florence: 5 killed as storm hits North Carolina, South Carolina, as a hurricane today – latest weather forecast, path, power outages, flooding zone impact – live updates – CBS News
NEW: #Hurricane #Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 AM EDT (1115 UTC) with estimated maximum winds of 90 mph (150 km/h), and a minimum central pressure estimate of 958 mb (28.29″). https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/vzpe6MjTf9
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018