Tropical storm Genevieve has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of up to 210 kilometers an hour on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, as it continues to move along Mexico’s northwest Pacific coast, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) announced.

It is expected to hit Manzanillo, Colima,  630 kilometers southeast of  Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, and will also lash at least five other states in southern and western Mexico with heavy rains, strong winds and high waves, according to the agency.

During the day, thunder storms, very heavy rains and powerful winds are expected to hit Colima, Jalisco, Michoacán and Nayarit;, and the storm will also be felt in Durango, Sinaloa, Baja California Sur, Zacatecas, Colima, Jalisco and Michoacán.

The SMN called on seafaring vessels and residents in coastal areas in the coastal states to shelter from the rains, wind and waves caused by the hurricane, which was not expected to head inland.

Genevieve rapidly evolved into a hurricane from a tropical depression that formed Sunday morning off the coasts of Oaxaca and Guerrero.

…Aug. 18, 2020






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