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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Tropical Storm Pamela strengthens off Mexico’s Pacific coast

Pamela was then expected to weaken while crossing over northern Mexico and could approach the Texas border as a tropical depression by Thursday.

By: AP | Mexico City |
October 12, 2021 7:41:09 am
Photo of the developing storm via Twitter/NHC Eastern Pacific

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.

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.

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