Hurricane Arlene strengthened on Sunday and is a Category 4 hurricane heading toward the Pacific coast of Mexico, where it is expected to make landfall on Monday night, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in English.
The NHC report, issued at 09:00 GMT, said the hurricane was 170 kilometers southwest of Cabo Corrientes, in Jalisco state and 250 kilometers south of the Marias Islands.
The center of Hurricane Arlene is expected to make landfall near or over the Marias Islands on Monday morning. Mexico Continent at night, NHC added.
For its part, the Mexican National Water Commission estimated that Arlene would lose strength and make landfall as a Category 1 or 2 hurricane on Tuesday.
“Its cloud bands will cause heavy and heavy rains (150 to 250 mm) in Nayarit (belonging to the Marias Islands) and Jalisco regions,” the commission said. “Its circulation will produce winds of 90 to 110 km/h and waves 3 to 5 meters high along the coasts of Nayarit and Jalisco.”
Mexican authorities urged people living in dangerous areas to seek temporary shelter. Secretary of the Navy MexicoIn turn, the ports of Nayarit and Jalisco were closed.
Jalisco’s director of civil defense, Victor Hugo Roldan, told local media that authorities were alert to the hurricane’s development to assess the evacuation of tourists from Mexican resorts.
oh Mexico Every year it is affected by tropical cyclones along its Pacific and Atlantic coasts, usually between May and November.
In October 1997, Hurricane Paulina made landfall on the Mexican Pacific coast as a Category 4 hurricane, killing more than 200 people.
File photo shows the coast of Mexico’s Maria Islands – Photo: REUTERS/Henry Romero
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