Cyclone Olaf gained strength in the last hours and became a hurricane in the Pacific as it moves towards the Baja California peninsula, the National Meteorological Service of Mexico (SMN) reported on Thursday.
“At 10.00 local time (15.00 GMT) Olaf intensified to Category 1 hurricane“On the Saffir-Simpson scale, the head of the National Water Commission (Conagua), Germán M. Santoyo, reported on Twitter.
The director of the entity explained that the center of the cyclone It was located 250 kilometers southeast of Cabo San Lucas, in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur.
Currently register maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gusts of 150 kilometers per hour.
It has a north-northwest displacement at 11 kilometers per hour.
Its cloud bands cause punctual torrential rains (150 to 250 millimeters (mm)) in Baja California Sur; very strong (from 50 to 75 mm) in localities of Nayarit and Sinaloa; strong (25 to 50 mm) in regions of Jalisco, and intervals of showers (5 to 25 mm) in Colima.
In addition to gusts of wind of 90 to 110 kilometers per hour with waves of 5 to 7 meters (m) in height on the coasts of Baja California Sur, and gusts of 60 to 80 km / h with waves of 3 to 5 meters on the coasts of Sinaloa and the southern Sea of Cortez, according to the National Meteorological Service (SMN).
“The rainfall generated could cause landslides, increase in the levels of rivers and streams, and overflows and floods in low-lying areas, for which the population is urged to heed the notices of the SMN and follow instructions from Civil Protection, “Santoyo explained.
According to the weather forecast, in the afternoon-night of this Thursday the cyclone, still like a hurricane, will get very close to the south of the Baja California peninsula, where it could leave heavy rain in the resort of Cabo San Lucas.
Later it will move further west, without touching land.
So far, in the Pacific Ocean they have formed the cyclones Andrés, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora and Olaf.
Dolores made landfall on June 19 and had a special impact on the states of Colima and Michoacán and left three dead from electrical storms.
While in mid-August the torrential rains generated by Hurricane Grace, which formed in the Atlantic and made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico, caused the death of at least eleven people, eight in the eastern state of Veracruz and three in the central state of Puebla, in addition to severe flooding and damage.
The cyclone had impacted days before in the Yucatan peninsula, where it also left floods and power failures, although without fatalities.
While Nora, who made landfall on August 28, left a minor dead in the state of Jalisco and at least seven disappeared, six of them fishermen from the state of Guerrero.
Hurricane-force winds extended up to 55 kilometers (35 miles) from the eye of the meteor and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 185 kilometers (115 miles).
The meteor is expected to throw between 7.5 and 15 centimeters (three to six inches) of rain in the southern part of the peninsula, with up to 25 centimeters (10 inches) in isolated spots, creating the risk of flash floods and landslides.
Source: AFP and AP