EFE.- Mexican authorities warned this Sunday of the development of a tropical storm with the possibility of becoming a category 1 hurricane during the course of Monday that will impact some states in the Mexican Pacific.
“It is expected that by Sunday afternoon-night tropical depression 16 E will reach the category of tropical storm, which will bear the name of Pamela,” said Alejandra Méndez Girón, coordinator of the National Meteorological Service (SMN) at a virtual press conference. .
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He explained that this morning tropical depression 16 E was formed on the Pacific coast, which until 1:00 p.m. local time (18:00 GMT) was located 460 kilometers south-southwest of Mazatlán, Sinaloa.
The phenomenon, he pointed out, presents sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (km / hr) and gusts of 75 km / hr and moves west-northwest at 30 km / hr.
The tropical depression will generate, as of this afternoon and night, winds, high waves and rains, on the coasts of Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, in Guerrero, Lázaro Cárdenas, in Michoacán, Manzanillo, in Colima and Puerto Vallarta, in Jalisco.
Méndez Girón predicted that between the afternoon and night of Monday it will intensify to a category 1 hurricane and change its direction of travel towards the coasts of Baja California and Sinaloa.
While on Tuesday night it could increase its intensity to category 2 and it is expected that on Wednesday night or Thursday morning it will make landfall on the coasts of Sinaloa where it would reach category 3.
“It is not ruled out that when it makes landfall it will intensify to a category 3 hurricane,” he said.
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Eliseo Malacara, director of emergency management of the General Directorate of Civil Protection, asked the population of the affected states to take extreme precautions, identify the risks and not throw garbage in drains to avoid flood problems.
Likewise, he urged the population to stay informed through official sources and to be protected while the meteorological phenomenon occurs.
The recommendations were also extended to navigation to take extreme precautions.
Méndez Girón recalled that the hurricane season in Mexico has not yet concluded and pointed out that another cyclone is expected at the end of October and another one in early November.
So far this year there have been five hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, Elsa, Grace, Henri, Ida and Larry, of which Grace, Ida and Larry reached the highest category, 3 or more.
While cyclones Andrés, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora and Olaf have formed in the Pacific Ocean.
Dolores made landfall in mid-June, killing three from electrical storms.
In mid-August, the rains generated by Grace, which made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico, caused the death of at least 11 people, 8 in the state of Veracruz and 3 in the central state of Puebla, in addition to severe flooding and damage.
The cyclone had impacted days before in the Yucatan peninsula, where it also left floods and power failures, although without fatalities.
Meanwhile, Nora, who made landfall on August 28, left a minor dead in the state of Jalisco and seven disappeared, six of them fishermen from the state of Guerrero.