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October 22, 2018

Category-5 Hurricane Willa
To Hit Mexico on Tuesday


Hurricane Willa strengthened earlier on Monday, October 22nd to a Category-5 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (260 km per hour). Willa is likely to cause serious damages to Mexico’s southwestern coast with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge and heavy rainfall. The storm is expected to make landfall on Tuesday morning anywhere from Mazatlán to the north of Puerto Vallarta.


If you are currently traveling in this area of Mexico, pay close attention to local media sources for weather-related updates, review contingency plans and heed any directives issued by local authorities, including evacuations.

Listen to your hotel’s management staff who should have a plan in place and will probably ask guests to gather in a safe room with no windows. By staying in your room, you run the risk of getting hit with breaking glass. If the winds are very strong, seek shelter in any interior rooms such as a bathroom or a stairwell.

If you were scheduled to travel to this area, call you airline carrier or travel agent to cancel, modify your travel plans or for updates on your upcoming trip. 

Remember that fierce winds are not the only danger caused by a hurricane. Flooding and landslides are a more dangerous aspect of most hurricanes. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Do not park your vehicle near a stream, pond or river. 

Finally, put together a disaster survival kit. Keep the following supplies near you and put them in a water-tight container: flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, common medicines (ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines), eyeglasses, drinking water, non-perishable foods, change of clothes, cash and credit cards, and copies of all important documents.

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