Pamela expected to become a hurricane again before reaching the Mexican coast on Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Pamela weakened slightly on its way to the west coast of Mexico, the United States-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced Tuesday evening, predicting it would turn into a hurricane again before hitting the ‘Fertile agricultural state of Sinaloa.
The storm was expected to head north, the NHC said in an update at 9:00 p.m. GMT, and the center of Pamela is expected to make landfall on Wednesday morning.
“Pamela is expected to become a hurricane again before it hits the coast of west-central Mexico on Wednesday morning,” the agency said.
Pamela had blown maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (80 mph) earlier today on Tuesday, but the speed dropped slightly to 110 kilometers per hour (70 mph), the NHC said. The storm was already causing rain along parts of Mexico’s Pacific coast.
The Miami-based center also warned of a potentially fatal storm surge, flash floods and dangerous winds around the impact area. Weak remnants of the storm could reach the U.S. state of Texas later in the week.
Pamela is expected to dip 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 United States. United.
Tropical storm watch extends from the fishing village of Los Barriles on the Sea of Cortes side of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico to the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas.
But Pamela’s fury is directed mainly towards southwest mainland Mexico, with “wide and destructive waves” near the coast and rainfall of between 10 and 30 centimeters (4 and 12 inches) hitting both Sinaloa and the neighboring state of Durango.
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“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.