Flights are canceled, cruise ships diverted due to Willa

Hurricane Willa weakened to a still powerful Category 4 hurricane that’s expected to slam Mexico’s southwestern coast as early as Tuesday afternoon and evening. Hurricane warnings were issued Monday to resort towns from San Blas to Mazatlan, including Las Islas Marias, for the storm churning in the Pacific and packing 155 mph winds.

Tropical storm warnings also were issued Monday from Mazatlan and north to Tempehuaya Bay, and San Blas to Playa Perula. The Weather Channel reported the storm should weaken a bit and could hit anywhere from Mazatlan to the north of Puerto Vallarta, bringing a dangerous storm surge, rough surf and power outages.

Southwest Airlines has already canceled Tuesday flights between Los Angeles, Houston and Oakland and Puerto Vallarta in anticipation of Willa, media reports said. The airline warned passengers that flights to and from Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos airport (SJD) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR) airport may be disrupted, diverted or canceled through Friday.

Fliers who had planned to travel to or from either destination this week may change their tickets and travel within 14 days without paying change fees. Read Southwest’s travel