Hurricane Orlene, currently a Category 3 hurricane, is moving toward Mexico’s northwest coast this Sunday and is expected to hit locations between the tourist cities of Mazatlán and San Blas, the Associated Press reports.
After turning into a hurricane on Saturday, Orlene grew to 125 miles per hour on Sunday, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
A hurricane risk warning is now in effect for the area between San Blas, Panama and Mazatlan, Mexico.
According to the same North American center, the storm could continue to increase in magnitude later today and should then weaken as it approaches land. However, if that happens, it should still be in the form of a hurricane.
According to the same source, rains are therefore expected, which can lead to flooding up to 25 centimeters in some places, as well as flooding in coastal areas. Surfers are also advised not to go out to sea.
For its part, Mexico’s National Water Commission warned that Hurricane Orlene could cause “landslides, rising river and stream levels and flooding in lowlying areas.”
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