max sustained Winds at 160 mph
ABOVE VIDEO: Hurricane Willa Ready To Strike Mexico’s Pacific Coast As Category 5 Hurricane.
(CBS NEWS) – Newly formed Hurricane Willa rapidly intensified off Mexico’s Pacific coast Sunday and early Monday and became a major Category 5 storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
As of 2 p.m. ET, Willa had maximum sustained winds of 160 mph — just 3 mph over the threshold for a Category 5.
Willa was “potentially catastrophic,” forecasters warned. The hurricane center said it could make landfall along Mexico’s southwestern coast Tuesday afternoon or evening and bring with it a life-threatening storm surge — 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 also forecast to bring high winds and heavy rainfall.
“Slight weakening is forecast to begin on Tuesday, but Willa is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it reaches the coast of Mexico,” the center said.
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