Posted by Kyle Brookings on Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Hurricane Willa is a dangerous hurricane that is expected to produce life-threatening storm surge, wind, and rainfall over portions of west-central and southwestern Mexico.
The storm is a category 4 hurricane packing winds of 240 km/h.
Gradual weakening is expected during the next day or so, but Willa is expected to be a dangerous major hurricane when it reaches the coast of Mexico.
Rapid weakening is expected after landfall Tuesday night and Wednesday.
An extremely dangerous storm surge is likely along portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico in southern Sinaloa and Nayarit, especially near and to the south of where the center of Willa makes landfall. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
Willa is expected to produce storm total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with local amounts to 18 inches, across portions of western Jalisco, western Nayarit, and southern Sinaloa in Mexico. This rainfall will cause life-threatening flash flooding and landslides.
Farther inland, Willa is expected to produce rainfall amount of 2 to 4 inches across portions of Zacateca, Durango, southeast Chihuahua, and Coahuila in Mexico, with local amounts to 6 inches possible. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding.
Large swells generated by Willa will continue to affect portions of the coast of southwestern and west-central Mexico during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.