Hurricane Willa, once a category 3 hurricane, has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it heads across Mexico. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, forecasters expect the storm to bring life-threatening storm surge, wind and heavy rainfall. After making landfall, flooding, damaged roofs and power outages have been reported. As much as 18 inches of rain are expected in parts of the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa. The topographical transition from beach to mountainous areas only increases the risk of flash floods and landslides. Mexican President Nieto is calling on the National Systems of Civil Protection to take all necessary steps to protect those in the storm’s path.
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