Hurricane Nora strengthens as it heads for southwest coast of Mexico

by Reuters
Saturday, 28 August 2021 18:23 GMT

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MONTERREY, Mexico, Aug 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned on Saturday of torrential rains and life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides as Hurricane Nora gathered strength as it barreled toward Mexico's coast.

Hurricane warnings have been issued for coastal stretches of the states of Colima, Nayarit and Jalisco, the agency said.

The center of the category 1 storm is expected to approach the southwestern coast of Mexico later on Saturday, the agency said. It is then projected to approach and move into the Gulf of California on Sunday and Monday.

"Nora is expected to produce rainfall totals of 8 to 12 inches (20-30 cm) with maximum amounts of 20 inches this weekend into early next week," according to NHC's latest advisory.

"This rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides," it added.

The agency also warned that swells generated by the hurricane could produce "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions" on the southern and southwestern coast of Mexico.

As of 1 p.m. CST (1800 GMT), Nora was located about 95 miles (150 km) south of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (136 kph). (Reporting by Laura Gottesdiener in Monterrey, Miguel Angel Gutiérrez in Mexico City, and Anirudh Saligrama in Bengaluru; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Daniel Wallis)

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