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Hurricane Wilma Takes Aim at Mexico's West Coast

Hurricane Wilma Takes Aim at Mexico's West Coast

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By David E. Hubler
Contributor, EDM Digest

A hurricane season that was slow to start now refuses to die. Hurricane Willa has intensified into a near-Category 5 storm in the Pacific. The huge storm is on track to slam into the western coast of Mexico by the middle of the week, officials from the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

As of 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, Willa’s maximum sustained winds were clocked at 160 mph, slightly higher than the wind speed of Hurricane Michael when it made landfall in Florida and devastated numerous communities. Willa is currently located about 175 miles southwest of Puerto Vallarta, moving north at seven mph.

Wilma Expected to Create Hazardous Conditions for Mexico’s Coastal Residents

“While some weakening is forecast by tonight and Tuesday, Willa is expected to be a dangerous hurricane when it reaches the coast of Mexico late Tuesday or early Wednesday,” the NHC said.

“The storm has supercharged at an incredible rate since it formed over the weekend, CNN reported. “From Sunday morning to Monday morning, Hurricane Willa strengthened 80 mph in only 24 hours, and went from forming into a tropical storm on Saturday morning to a Category 5 in less than 48 hours.”

Forecasters predict Wilma will turn to the right over the next 24 hours. The hurricane is expected to make landfall near the border of Sinaloa and Nayarit states, south of the city of Mazatlan.

Tropical Storm Vicente behind Wilma Heads for Same Coastline

Mexico is bracing for another tropical system., Tropical Storm Vincente, is right behind Wilma, CNN added. However, Vicente is considerably weaker than Willa.

Vicente is expected to make landfall late on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning about 250 miles south of Willa. That will mean a one-two punch for the western coastline of Mexico.

David Hubler David E. Hubler brings a variety of government, journalism and teaching experience to his position as a Quality Assurance Editor at APUS. David’s professional background includes serving as a senior editor at CIA and the Voice of America. He has also been a managing editor for several business-to-business and business-to-government publishing companies. David has taught high school English in Connecticut and at Northern Virginia Community College. He has a master’s degree for Teachers of English from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in English from New York University. In March 2017, Rowman & Littlefield published the paperback edition of David’s latest book, "The Nats and the Grays, How Baseball in the Nation's Capital Survived WWII and Changed the Game Forever."