Hurricane Nora forms; on track to skirt along Mexico’s coast

Mexico City (AP) – Hurricane Nora formed in the eastern Pacific early Saturday on a forecast route that would bring it near the Puerto Vallarta area and then head for a close encounter with resorts on the tip of the Baja California peninsula.

Mexico City (AP) – Hurricane Nora formed in the eastern Pacific early Saturday on a forecast route that would bring it near the Puerto Vallarta area and then head for a close encounter with resorts on the tip of the Baja California peninsula.

Nora had maximum sustained winds of 120 km / h on Saturday morning, with tropical storm winds stretching 335 kilometers from the center in some places.

The storm’s large wind field and heavy rainfall mean much of Mexico’s central and northern Pacific coasts are likely to experience flooding, mudslides, and dangerous surf, even if they miss the heart of the hurricane.

The weakened remains could even bring rain to the U.S. Southwest, Great Basin, and central Rockies over the next week, forecasters said.

The US National Hurricane Center’s prediction trail showed Nora bypassing the bay that protects Puerto Vallarta on Sunday morning and then shooting straight up the narrow Gulf of California a day later, very close to the Los Cabos resorts. The resort of Mazatlan is also near this route.

Nora was expected to weaken as it blows further north towards the Arizona border region.

It was centered about 230 miles (370 kilometers) south of Cabo Corrientes, the point jutting out into the Pacific south of Puerto Vallarta, and was traveling north-northwest at 17 km / h.

The Hurricane Center said the Mexican states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima, and Jalisco could see rainfall levels of 8 to 12 inches with isolated peaks even higher.

There could be 4 to 8 inches of rain in the state of Baja California Sur, with more in isolated spots.

The Associated Press

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