Between 6 and 8 in the morning of this Wednesday, “Pamela”, currently a tropical storm, will make landfall in Culiacan and Mazatlan as a hurricane, affecting the municipalities of Culiacán, Cosalá, Elota, San Ignacio, Mazatlán, Concordia, Rosario and Escuinapa to a greater degree, the National Meteorological Service warned.
During a press videoconference, the general coordinator of the National Metereological Service (SMN), Alejandra Méndez Girón, representing the director of Conagua, Germán Arturo Martínez Santoyo, pointed out that the cloudy bands of the cyclone generate clouds and rain in the states of Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Durango and Baja California Sur.
Therefore, he asked the population of those states to be attentive to official notices, follow the instructions of Civil Protection and, if necessary, go to the temporary shelters of the National Coordination of Civil Protection.
Méndez Girón pointed out that until 1:00 p.m. this Tuesday, “Pamela” , was located 280 kilometers (km) south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, and 430 kilometers southwest of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, with winds of 130 kilometers per hour (km / h), gusts of 155 km / h. h and moving north at 13 km / h.
He anticipated that “Pamela” could intensify to a category 2 hurricane with winds of 154 to 177 kilometers per hour, very close to the coasts of Baja California Sur, Nayarit and Sinaloa, and that it is expected to change its direction towards the northeast, heading towards the center from Sinaloa.
Regarding the rains, intense to torrential is expected in these municipalities, as well as in the states of Durango, Nayarit, Jalisco and Baja California Sur. In addition, high waves and winds greater than 120 km / h are estimated in Sinaloa and Nayarit, as well as winds of 60 to 80 km / h in Baja California Sur and Jalisco.
The head of the SMN explained that, once on land, “Pamela ”will scroll quickly over Durango, southern Chihuahua and Coahuila, where it will interact with Cold Front Number 4, leaving very heavy to intense rains in Coahuila, Zacatecas, Nuevo León and Chihuahua.
The manager of Surface Waters and Engineering of Ríos de la Conagua, Heriberto Montes Ortiz, warned that as a consequence of the rains the flows of rivers and streams could increase, as well as generate floods in the lower areas of the aforementioned states, with the possibility of landslides of land and affectations in roads and highway sections, for which special vigilance is maintained in the rivers and dams of Coahuila, Durango, Sinaloa and Nayarit.
He emphasized that, to contribute to the attention of any hydrometeorological emergency situation generated by the hurricane, in the region where the effects are expected, Conagua has the Regional Centers for Emergency Attention (CRAE) of Culiacán, Mazatlán and Los Mochis, Sinaloa; Piedras Negras, Coahuila, and Lerdo, Durango, where trained personnel have multiple specialized equipment available, such as pumps of different diameters, dessilver trucks, pipes, lighting towers, trucks with articulated cranes, flood control trucks, water treatment plants and water generators. energy, as well as backhoes, among other equipment to deal with hydrometeorological situations that affect the population.
The head of the Civil Protection and Contingencies Subsection of the Ministry of the Navy, Alberto Ek Moo, pointed out that in the 24-hour forecast, waves of 8 to 12 feet are expected on Socorro Island, Jalisco coast, south of the Baja peninsula. California, the coast of Nayarit and Isla Marías, Nayarit, as well as waves of 14 to 20 feet at the entrance to the Gulf of California and the central and southern coast of Sinaloa.
Likewise, he added, a storm surge of 1.0 to 2.0 meters is expected over the central and southern coast of Sinaloa, as well as 0.5 to 1.0 meters over Nayarit and Jalisco.
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