Hurricane Orlene is poised to hit Mexico on Monday, bringing heavy rain and the possibility of severe flooding to popular tourist areas along the country’s west coast.
The hurricane weakened from becoming a Category 4 on Sunday afternoon, and is moving north at 13 kilometers per hour. Tropical storm-force winds extend up to 90 miles from the cyclone’s core, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
Orlene is forecast to remain at hurricane strength when it makes landfall Monday afternoon or evening just south of Mazatlan and then rapidly weaken, the NHC projected.
Outlying islands could see 6 to 10 inches of rain, with local amounts of more than 12 inches, leading to localized flooding and possible landslides, the National Hurricane Center said, adding that dangerous storm surges can be expected, with waves of up to 1.80 meters.
Source: CNN Espanol