Willa’s fierce winds eased as the storm barreled inland over Mexico early on Wednesday Oct. 23, unleashing heavy rains after causing power outages and toppling trees on the coast, though no deaths have been reported, officials and forecasters said.
Willa smashed ashore in the northwestern state of Sinaloa late on Tuesday with winds of up to 120 miles per hour (195 km per hour), thrashing buildings with rain in the coastal towns and resorts where thousands of people moved to safety.
Swells with waves up to 10 meters high were registered in the coasts of Nayarit and Sinaloa, particularly in the municipality of Mazatlán.
“In this area of impact, rainfall had accumulations of 200 to 250 liters per square meter, so there will be a special monitoring in the increase of the levels of the following rivers: Acaponeta, Ameca, Baluarte, Mascota, Presidio, Quelite, San Pedro and Santiago located in the states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa, “said Roberto Ramírez de la Parra, head of CONAGUA.
On the other hand, the National Coordinator of Civil Protection of the Ministry of the Interior (Segob), Luis Felipe Puente, announced that Hurricane Willa has caused extraordinary emergency situations in twelve municipalities of Nayarit and seven of Sinaloa, and the Mexican Army (SEDENA) will be attending the contingency.
He stressed that the ports that are still closed to navigation are San Blas, Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, as well as Mazatlan and Teacapan, Sinaloa.
Almost simultaneously, Tropical Storm Vicente made impact as a tropical depression in the coasts of Michoacán and Colima.
The arrival of these two hurricanes simultaneously will favor the potential of very strong to intense rains in the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán, Sinaloa, Sonora, Durango and Baja California Sur.