Pamela was expected to bring a storm surge and heavy rainfall to Mexico’s Pacific coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane Pamela hit the Pacific coast of Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane before losing strength and moving inland as a tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center reported (NHC) in the United States.
The storm regained the strength of a hurricane just before hitting the coast of the Mexican state of Sinaloa on Wednesday morning, north of the resort and fishing port of Mazatlan, the NHC said.
The last born of the NHC advisory at 6:00 p.m. GMT placed Pamela about 270 km (170 miles) northeast of Mazatlan as the tropical storm blew maximum sustained winds of 75 km / h (45 mph).
Upon landing, Pamela brought maximum winds of around 120 km / h (75 mph) but was expected to weaken quickly as she moved inland. Previous forecasts had predicted a stronger storm.
Civil defense officials in Sinaloa said wind and rains from Pamela had caused minor damage, while remnants of the storm are expected to approach the U.S. state of Texas by Thursday.
The Miami, Florida-based NHC had warned of the possibility of potentially fatal storm surges, flash floods and dangerous winds around the impact area.
Authorities have called on people in rural areas to move to shelters due to the risk of flooding.
The storm was expected to flood Sinaloa, which is the country’s largest producer of corn, Mexico’s staple grain, as well as a major producer of tomatoes and other fruits that feature prominently in the country’s agricultural exports to the states. -United.
Rainfall of between 10 and 30 centimeters (four and 12 inches) was expected to hit both Sinaloa and the neighboring state of Durango.
“This precipitation can trigger flash floods and large and potentially fatal mudslides,” the NHC added.
Last year, Sinaloa alone produced more than 380,000 tonnes of tomatoes, nearly a fifth of Mexico’s domestic production and largely destined for export, according to government data.
Due to its geographic location, Mexico is often hit by tropical storms and hurricanes on its Pacific and Atlantic coasts.
In August, Hurricane Nora made landfall in the Pacific state of Jalisco, killing a child and leaving one missing. Hurricane Grace killed at least 11 people on the east coast of mainland Mexico in the same month.
In September, Hurricane Olaf made landfall on the Baja California Peninsula causing minor damage.