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Hurricane “Willa“ Update

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Dear Punta Mita friends, as you know, Hurricane “Willa“ passed by the Banderas Bay this week. Luckily for us, the storm didn’t hit directly our region, however residual effects were strongly felt in the area.

Punta Mita Security Offices (UCO) and local media were continuously sharing updates about the storm, updates that allowed us to keek you informed.

Punta Mita Residents, were advised to please consider the local authorities advice, the Beach Clubs, HOA, Casa Mita and Punta Mita Properties offices were closed on Tuesday. However UCO and maintenance staff were available during this contingency plan. UCO office was monitoring and providing the support required 24 hours.

At LivePuntaMita.com we shared the information received from the local authorities and Punta Mita representatives in an effort to keep you informed about the development of this phenomenon. Fortunately now we can say the stormed has passed without causing major damages in the area.

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Tuesday, October 23rd – 18:00 hrs Update

Currently in Punta Mita we have some rain and stronger winds.

Current situation:

The eye of the storm “Willaremains in category 3 and it is located 80 km  north from the Islas Marias, Nayarit (important – these are NOT the Marieta’s islands) and 110 km south from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, with sustained winds of 195 km per hour, and wind gusts of 240 km per hour, following its path to the northeast.

Forecast is that the front rain wall will landfall between 17:00 and 18:00 hours, over the states of Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and later Durango and Zacatecas.

If Willa continuos with the expected path and speed, the eye of the storm will land fall around Escuinapa, Sinaloa between 19:00 and 20:00 hours.

Rains:

Potential torrential rains (150 to 250 mm) in Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and Durango.

Winds:

Wind gusts over 100 km per hour and waves between 4 and 6 meters, with the possibility of appearance of marine downpours in Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco.

Tuesday, October 23rd – 12:00 hrs Update

Current situation:

The eye of the storm “Willahas downgraded to category 3 and it is located 55km  southwest from the Islas Marias (important – these are NOT the Marieta’s islands) and 205km southwest from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, with sustained winds of 205 km per hour, and wind gusts of 250 km per hour, following its path to the northeast.

The National Meteorological Service expects heavy rains for the Banderas Bay during the day.

Protección Civil alert the beachfront restaurant owners and the general public to suspend all kind of activities due to the high tides and waves.

Tuesday, October 23rd – 8:45 hrs Update

At this moment winds are little bit stronger in Punta Mita and forecast indicates these wind gusts might get stronger in the upcoming hours. Please drive carefully.

Protección Civil (the Mexican agency in charge of emergency preparedness) informs:

  • International Puerto Vallarta Airport – Open
  • Puerto Vallarta – Tepic Highway – Open
  • Public Transportation – Regula Operation

Current situation:

The eye of the storm “Willa“ remains in category 4, and it is located in front of Jalisco and Nayarit coasts; it continuous moving towards Sinaloa´s coast. The forecast indicates that will keep its current path and speed, with potential landfall south Sinaloa between 18:00 and 21:00 hours.

Rains:

Potential torrential rains (150 to 250 mm) in Sinaloa, Nayarit y Jalisco.

Winds:

Wind gusts over 100 km per hour and waves above 5.4 meters, with the possibility of appearance of marine downpours in Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima and Michoacán coasts.

Tuesday, October 23rd – 00:20 hrs Update

Current situation:

The eye of the storm “Willa“ is category 4 and it is located in front Jalisco’s coast, its estimated path indicates that it is moving north, in Sinaloa’s coast direction.

Closest place distance:

It is located 310 km southwest of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, and 140 km southeast the Marias Islands (important – these are NOT the Marieta’s islands)

Max Winds:

Sustained: 230 km per hour  Gusts: 280 km per hour, waves higher than 5.4 meters, with the possibility of appearance of marine downpours in Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima and Michoacán coasts.

Rain Forecast:

Strong and intense storm potential (75 to 150 mm) in Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima and Michoacán.

Recommendations:

Please stay safe and use extreme caution, strong winds and waves are expected. Follow the authorities recommendations and stay tuned for the Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil instructions.  

Protección Civil (the Mexican agency in charge of emergency preparedness) is recommending the following points to stay safe:

  • Listen carefully the weather forecast for your region provided by the news. Do not pay attention to rumors and non official communications.
  • Ask local authorities about the evacuation routes and shelters close to your home.
  • Keep handy a backpack with any required medication, bottled water, canned food, important documents, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit.
  • It is recommended to close water and gas lines to avoid leaks.
  • Due to high tides, please avoid any beach or fishing activities, respecting the red flag warning. (Note: the Puerto Vallarta marinas are now officially closed).

Following are our favored links for tracking the storm:

Storm Pulse

U.S. National Hurricane Center

Weather.com Hurricane Central