Hurricane Willa leaves limited damage as it passes through northwestern Mexico

Hurricane Willa leaves limited damage as it passes through northwestern Mexico

Hurricane Willa, category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale and today degraded to low remaining pressure, left no victims but floods, overflowed rivers and caused limited general damage to its passage through the northwest of Mexico.

The phenomenon made landfall on Tuesday night in the coastal town of Escuinapa, Sinaloa state, and today it is located on land in the southeast of the state of Coahuila with rapid displacement to the northeast, reported the National Meteorological Service (SMN).

Willa demolished trees and power poles with the subsequent suspension of service, overflowing rivers and streams that flooded and isolated several populations in the states of Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco.

The municipalities of Escuinapa and El Rosario, in Sinaloa, and the surrounding areas were the most affected, said state governor Quirino Ordaz, who on Wednesday toured the region.

"Fortunately, there were no losses of human lives, and this was possible thanks to the evacuation of more than 4,000 in the different shelters, entire families who live in risk areas," said the state governor in Escuinapa.

The general director of Civil Protection, Ricardo de la Cruz, accompanied the governor to make a damage assessment in order to activate the repair work and the delivery of help to face the effects of the phenomenon.

"We are evaluating the damage, in addition to supervising the relief operation to the population, which is supported by the Mexican Army, with its DN-III-E Plan, and by the Navy of Mexico, with its Marine Plan," he said. From the cross.

The SMN reported rainfall of more than 182 millimeters, which caused the overflow of the Baluarte rivers, in Sinaloa, and Cañas, which serves as a boundary with Nayarit, where the Acaponeta River also overflowed.

Communities on the banks of the rivers reported flooding of houses; in Nayarit, hundreds of people were taken to the municipal presidency of Tecuala because the places destined to shelters were flooded.

In its latest report, the Meteorological noted that Willa causes very strong and punctually intense storms in Durango; punctually very strong storms in Zacatecas, Coahuila and Nuevo León, and intervals of showers with strong point storms in San Luis Potosí and Tamaulipas.

Prior to the coup of Willa on the coastline, thousands of people were evicted and directed to shelters installed by the authorities, under the care of the armed forces of Mexico, the Navy and the Federal Police.

In Jalisco, the governor of the state, Aristóteles Sandoval, reported that several communities were cut off by the fall of bridges and that he was waiting for landslides to be discarded on stretches of roads in municipalities near the coast.

The state authorities evicted some 3,000 people preventively, mainly in the municipalities of Cabo Corrientes and Puerto Vallarta, La Huerta, Cihuatlán, Villa Purificación, Tomatlán and Cuautitlán de García Barragán.

In northern Mexico, the government of the state of Coahuila reported that all the federal and local relief agencies, as well as the security forces, remain alert to the arrival of the remnants of Willa.

In the latest report, the SMN said that Willa is located 50 kilometers west of Saltillo, Coahuila, and 120 kilometers west-southwest of Monterrey, Nuevo León and is moving northeast at 44 kilometers per hour with hundreds sustained maximum of 35 kilometers per hour and gusts of 55 kilometers.

The authorities asked extreme caution to the population in general in the areas of the states mentioned by rains and wind, and meet the recommendations issued by the authorities of the National System of Civil Protection, in each entity.


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