Hurricane Willa made landfall on the Pacific Coast of Mexico and brought devastating winds and rains to the coastal town in its path. The storm strengthened from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane within 24 hours.
The affected areas concentrated on the Western Pacific — mainly in the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Nayarit.
Hurricane #Willa is making landfall along the west-central coast of mainland Mexico south of Mazatlán, with destructive winds, storm surge and flooding rain: https://t.co/jtNY3J30bE pic.twitter.com/7xU7miNtED
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) October 24, 2018
Hurricane Willa made landfall on Oct. 23 as a strong Category 3 hurricane. However, villages and towns in the hurricane’s path are now underwater from the massive storm surges caused by the storm.
Parts of Sinaloa were battered relentlessly by Willa as she made her way through the Mexican states.
CREDIT: Facebook/Sinaloa en Linea
Sinaloa en Linea, a news outlet in Mexico, reported that El Rio Baluarte en el Rosario, Sinaloa, was completely underwater.
Willa made landfall between the two popular tourist cities of Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. The hurricane was about 50 miles southeast of Mazatlan.
“We’ve had rain all day. There is nobody in the streets. Everything is closed,” hotel worker Alberto Hernandez told The Mercury News. “But not everyone wanted to leave, even though authorities made it clear that he who stays does so at his own peril.”
Several coastal towns in the state of Nayarit flooded during the hurricane damaging building and turning streets into raging rivers.
Posted by Cecilia Medina on Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Nayarit suffered extensive infrastructure damage with water impacting roads, bridges and buildings in its path.
Nayarit residents are posting videos and photos showing the affects of Río San Pedro overflowing its banks.
Continúa desahogado el Río San Pedro ⚠️🙏🏽
Posted by Roberto Mondragón on Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Coastal towns and those along the rivers experienced significant flooding. This hurricane season in the northeast Pacific basin broke the 1992 record for the most active season. Hurricane Willa was the 10th major hurricane to develop in the area.
There were no reported casualties from the hurricane. However, one video shows the strength of the flooding.
EL CORRIDO DE TOÑO EL TORTILLERO 🎵 Autor: JUAN ZAMORA “EL MONO”
Posted by Empresa Santa Maria on Wednesday, October 24, 2018
There’s always someone who misjudges the strength of a storm and winds up needing to be rescued. Fortunately, this man was saved from being washed away from the rushing water.
Though there haven’t been casualties, there has been a lot of damage to buildings.
— Yealenne (@Yealenne) October 24, 2018
The storm knocked out power and communication for thousands of people along the coast.
Prayers to everyone including my family in NAYARIT. Hurricane Willa flooding many towns, leaving many without communication! I hope everyone is safe and sound 😓🙏🏼💕
— raquel:) (@raaquely) October 24, 2018
We’re sure it’s going to take a while assess the damage.
City officials in some areas did facilitate buses to evacuate villages.
All my family in cristo Rey had to be evacuated cause of hurricane Willa but it’s sad to hear a lot of people still stayed behind because they refused to leave their home
— アドリアナ🌻 (@addri_nana) October 23, 2018
Now that Willa is long gone, it can still turn into a nor’easter for parts of Texas and all through New England, CNN is reporting.