MEXICO CITY (AP) – Hurricane Nora rages north on Mexico’s Pacific coast toward the narrow Gulf of California after passing the Puerto Vallarta area.
Authorities in the Mexican state of Jalisco, where Nora briefly landed on Saturday evening and crossed the Cape south of Puerto Vallarta, said there were no initial reports of serious damage. But forecasters warned that people along Mexico’s central and northern Pacific coast should be vigilant of the dangers of flooding, mudslides, and dangerous surf.
Nora had maximum sustained winds of 120 km / h late Saturday, with tropical gale force winds stretching 165 kilometers. It was centered about 50 miles (85 kilometers) north-northwest of Puerto Vallarta and moving north at 26 km / h.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Nora will likely continue to stretch along the coast and gradually weaken to a tropical storm by Sunday evening before entering the Gulf of California and passing near the Mazatlan resort area on the mainland.
The storm was predicted to move further north up the Gulf before weakening further to a tropical depression and advancing inland towards the border region of Arizona. The remnants of the storm could bring heavy rains to the southwestern United States and the central Rockies by mid-week, the hurricane center said.
The center said rainfall levels of 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimeters) and more isolated spots could occur in some areas along Mexico’s west coast.
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