MEXICO CITY, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Pamela could be at or near major hurricane intensity when it reaches Mexico later this week, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Sunday, warning of a life-threatening storm surge, flash flooding and dangerous winds.
By Tuesday night, Pamela is expected to pass near or south of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, the Miami-based center said. It could reach the coast of west-central mainland Mexico by late on Wednesday.
Mexico's National Water Commission, CONAGUA, warned in a statement that "before making landfall, it could intensify to a Category 3 hurricane" on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity. Category 3 hurricanes carry top sustained winds of 111-129 miles per hour (179-208 kph).
(Reporting by Noe Torres; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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