Pamela made landfall this Wednesday on the Pacific coast of Mexico as a hurricane, but it rapidly degraded to a tropical storm and caused torrential rains and strong winds that left minor damage, such as fallen trees and poles, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa.
A las 12H00 GMT, Pamela It entered the continent as a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson scale (5) about 65 kilometers north of the port of Mazatlán, with sustained winds of 120 km / h, according to the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC).
As it advanced over land, the phenomenon lost strength until it degraded to a tropical storm, with sustained winds of 100 km / h, the latest NHC report said.
At 3:00 p.m. GMT, the tropical storm was located about 140 km from Mazatlán and was moving northeast at 37 km / h, the Miami-based center added.
Sinaloa is the Mexican state most affected by the phenomenon, which also leaves heavy rainfall in neighboring Nayarit and Durango, according to the National Water Commission of Mexico.
In the port of Mazatlán, with some 500,000 inhabitants and the largest town in the impact zone, the passage of the phenomenon has left trees and posts down and streets flooded in some sectors, the AFP confirmed.
Sinaloa Civil Protection has released images of rescuers helping residents of flooded areas to transfer them to shelters.
On Tuesday, 16 US citizens were sheltered in shelters after being stranded at the local airport due to the cancellation of their flights due to bad weather.
On Tuesday night, the Sinaloa government declared a dozen municipalities on red alert due to the proximity of the phenomenon.
Due to its geographical location, Mexico suffers the onslaught of tropical cyclones on both its Pacific and Atlantic coasts.
This year, the most lethal has been Grace, who made landfall first in the Caribbean and later in the state of Veracruz (east), leaving 11 dead in that district and in neighboring Puebla.
The tourists, who were heading to Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles, were transferred to a shelter where they will remain until conditions improve, reported Eloy Ruiz, a local Civil Protection coordinator.
The authorities asked the inhabitants of rural areas where it will pass Pamela to go to shelters due to the risk of flooding.
In Villa Unión, of about 13,000 inhabitants, 25 families living in a risk area were transferred to shelters, local authorities reported.
The Sinaloa government declared a red alert in a dozen municipalities on Tuesday night due to the proximity of the phenomenon.
Many residents of these towns flocked to supermarkets on Tuesday to stock up on water and non-perishable food.
Classes and other activities have been suspended in areas threatened by Pamela.
Mexico regularly suffers from tropical cyclones on both its Pacific and Atlantic coasts.
This year, the most lethal has been Grace, who made landfall first in the Caribbean and later in the state of Veracruz (east), leaving 11 dead in that state and in neighboring Puebla.
Hurricane Nora made landfall in late August in the Pacific state of Jalisco, leaving a Spanish minor and a woman missing.
While Olaf made landfall in September as a hurricane in the Baja California peninsula, leaving minor material damage.
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