Mexico – Tropical Cyclone Willa Update (GDACS, NOAA, Copernicus, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 24 October 2018)

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  • Tropical cyclone WILLA made landfall near Isla del Bosque village (Sinaloa State) early on 24 October (UTC) with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h (Category 3 hurricane). Very heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge are affecting the coast of south-western Mexico (southern Sinaloa, western Nayarit and western Jalisco States). On 24 October at 3.00 UTC its centre was located inland approx. 125 km south-west of Durango (Durango State), with maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h (Category 3 hurricane).

  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue north-east over western Mexico, significantly weakening and dissipating. Heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge could affect coastal areas. Heavy rainfall could also affect southern Durango State.

  • A hurricane warning remains in effect from San Blas to Mazatlan.

  • According to media reports, as of 24 October at 7.30 UTC, there have been power-cuts in affected coastal areas and flights from Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán have been cancelled.

  • Copernicus, the EU's rapid mapping service, was activated on 23 October at 16.49 UTC, for Nayarit and Sinaloa States.