Mexico City / New Delhi:
Hurricane Willa has speedily turned "extremely dangerous" near-Category 5 storm in the eastern Pacific, according to the US National Hurricane Center. Weather forecast shows that Willa is raging on the path that could hit Mexico's western coast between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta in the coming days.
Willa could "produce life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall over portions of southwestern and west-central Mexico beginning on Tuesday," the US National Hurricane Center said on Monday.
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The Centre predicted that Willa could become a Category 5 hurricane later Monday morning, generating life-threatening surf and rip conditions. Moving to the north at 5 mph (8 kph), Willa is expected to make landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday, the centre said.
Hurricane Willa had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (249 kph) early Monday and was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes.
A warning was posted, saying the hurricane is likely to hit Mexico's western coast between San Blas and Mazatlan, and tropical storms could hit Playa Perula to San Blas and north of Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya.
Willa was expected to weaken into a tropical depression Monday night or early Tuesday while moving nearer to Mexico's southern Pacific shore, forecasters had said, accordign to reports.
(With inputs from agencies)