Mexico City – Pamela made landfall as a hurricane along Mexico’s Pacific coast on Wednesday, triggering deadly storm surges and potential flash flooding in the area north of Mazatlán.
The storm achieved hurricane strength just before reaching the coast, centered about 40 miles north of Mazatlán – a popular resort area for Mexican tourists.
Pamela had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was gusts of 14 mph US National Hurricane Center. Forecasters said it is expected to weaken rapidly as it moves inland, although the remnants of the storm could reach Texas by Thursday.
The NHC said hurricane-force winds extended up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 140 miles. At Mazatlan Airport, winds reached 46 mph on Wednesday morning.
“As the storm progresses, significant coastal flooding is expected in areas of onshore winds near the landfall location of Pamela in southwestern Mexico. Near the coast, there will be large and destructive waves,” the center said.
Pamela was forecast to weaken while crossing northern Mexico and could approach the Texas border as a tropical depression or remnant by late Wednesday or Thursday. The center said the remnants of the storm could bring heavy rain to central Texas and southeast Oklahoma.
This story was reported from Cincinnati. The Associated Press contributed.