Tropical Storm Pamela rapidly strengthened as it moved along Mexico’s Pacific coast Monday and it was forecast to become a major hurricane before hitting shore somewhere near the port of Mazatlan at midweek.
The US National Hurricane Centre said Pamela’s centre was about 700 kilometers south-southwest of Mazatlan at mid-afternoon Monday and was moving northwest at about 11 kph. The storm had maximum winds of about 110 kph.
Pamela was forecast to take a turn toward the north and northeast, passing south of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula late Tuesday or early Wednesday at hurricane strength.
6pm MDT 11 Oct — #Pamela remains a 70 mph Tropical Storm. However, Pamela is forecast to become a #hurricane tonight & Hurricane warnings are now in effect for Bahia Tempehuaya to Escuinapa along the southwest coast of mainland Mexico.
— NHC Eastern Pacific (@NHC_Pacific) October 12, 2021
The storm was forecast to make landfall Wednesday near Mazatlan, potentially as a Category 3 hurricane.
Pamela was then expected to weaken while crossing over northern Mexico and could approach the Texas border as a tropical depression by Thursday.
The hurricane centre warned of the possibility of life-threatening storm surge, flash floods and dangerous winds around the impact area.