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Tropical Storm Pamela Strengthens Off Mexico’s Pacific Coast

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This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a Tropical Storm Pamela in the Pacific as it approaches Mexico at 15:30Oz, or 11:30 am EST, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. Pamela was forecast to take a turn toward the north and northeast, passing close to the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula late Tuesday or early Wednesday at hurricane strength, and forecast to make landfall Wednesday near Mazatlan, potentially as a Category 3 hurricane. (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR GOES via AP)

(AP) — Tropical Storm Pamela is rapidly strengthening as it moves along Mexico’s Pacific coast and it’s forecast to become a major hurricane before hitting shore somewhere near the port of Mazatlan.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Pamela’s center was about 455 miles (735 kilometers) south-southwest of Mazatlan Monday and it was moving northwest at about 6 mph (9 kph). The storm had maximum winds of about 70 mph (110 kph).

The hurricane center warns of possible life-threatening storm surge, flash floods and dangerous winds around the impact area. Weakened remnants of the storm may reach Texas later.

 

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