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Coastal Towns In Southwestern Mexico Flooded From Major Storm Surges From Hurricane Willa

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The storm knocked out power and communication for thousands of people along the coast.

We’re sure it’s going to take a while assess the damage.

City officials in some areas did facilitate buses to evacuate villages.

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.

READ: Officials And Funeral Homes On Puerto Rico Are Reporting Vastly Different Death Toll Numbers After Hurricane Maria

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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It is Mexico’s Independence Day and that means that Mexicans around the world are honoring their roots. Twitter is buzzing with people who might not be in Mexico but they will forever have Mexico in their hearts. Here are just a few of the loving messages from people who are Mexican through and through.

Viva Mexico is trending on social media and the tweets are filled with love and passion for the country.

Mexico received its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810 and since then the day has been marked with celebration. The day is marked with parties of pride and culture no matter where you are in the world.

Mexicans everywhere are letting their Mexican flag fly.

Tbh, who doesn’t want to be Mexican to enjoy the day of puro pinche pride? The celebration for Mexican Independence Day starts on Sept. 15 with El Grito. The tradition is that the president of Mexico stands on the balcony on Sept. 15 at 11 p.m. and rings the same church bell that Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang in 1810 to trigger the Mexican Revolution.

People are loving all of the celebrations for their homeland.

The original El Grito took place in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato in 1810. While most El Grito celebrations take place at the National Palace, some presidents, especially on their last year, celebrate El Grito in the town where it originated.

Honestly, no one celebrates their independence day like Mexico and we love them for it.

¡Viva Mexico! Mexico lindo y querido. How are you celebrating the Mexican Independence Day this year? Show us what you have planned.

READ: Many Mexicans Are Calling Out Fragile Masculinity As Some Continue To Protest A Controversial Zapata Painting

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Volunteer Firefighters From Mexico Went to Oregon to Help Their “Sister City” Contain the Unprecedented Fires

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Volunteer Firefighters From Mexico Went to Oregon to Help Their “Sister City” Contain the Unprecedented Fires

Just when you thought humanity has failed us, someone steps up and shows the world that the generosity of the human spirit is alive and well. 

Last week, a post on Reddit went viral of a group of volunteer firefighters from Guanajuato, Mexico who traveled to the city of Ashland, Oregon to help fight the wildfires that are blazing across the western state.

The fire department is called Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios, the Heroic Volunteer Fire Department, in English.

The two towns have had a “sister city” relationship for over 50 years. Sister-city relationships are meant to “promote peace and understanding through exchanges that focus on arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development”.

The internet swiftly erupted into comments praising the volunteer firefighters for their bravery and comradery. “Mexico also sent relief during Katrina. Mexico and Canada are our best allies, always there for us regardless of the politics,” one commenter said. Another chimed in: “Welcome to Oregon, amigos. Mantenga una bota en el quemado.”

The troop of men who traveled from Mexico to the United States were identified as Captain Aldo Iván Ruiz, Captain Juan Armando Alvarez Villegas, Sargent Jorge Luis Anguiano Jasso, Sargent Luis Alfonso Campos Martínez and Miguel Ángel Hernández Lara. They were accompanied by the mayor of Guanajuato, Alejandro Navarro.

“We began the relief work,” Navarro wrote on Twitter. “Very moved by the terrible impact of the fire on families and their homes.”

The Oregon wildfires are just one of the many that are blazing down the West Coast of the United States, taking people’s homes, land, and sometimes, their lives. In more than 1 million acres have burned and two dozen fires are still raging.

“Almost every year since becoming governor, I’ve witnessed historic fire seasons,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently said at a press conference. “Yet this is proving to be an unprecedented and significant fire event for our state.”

Experts are hypothesizing that these unprecedented fires are further evidence of the toll man-made climate change is having on the environment. 

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“I can’t think of any time over the last 100 years where we’ve had serial fire outbreaks, four years running,” said fire historian Stephen Pyne to the Washington Post. “That I can find no record of happening before,” he added. “That is the big switch; that is the phase change.”

Regardless of what has caused the fires, the bravery of these firefighters is worth commendable. Their actions are further proof that borders cannot contain the universal values of kindness, altruism, and brotherhood.

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