Nora makes landfall on Mexico’s coast

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Aug. 27 (UPI) — Hurricane Nora has made landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast Saturday evening, forecasters said.

In its 7 p.m. CDT update, the National Hurricane Center said Nora’s center was about 30 miles southwest of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Nora is moving northward at 14 mph and could slow and turn northwest on Sunday. Hurricane conditions could persist through Monday.

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“Surface data from Mexico and data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Nora made landfall along the northwest coast of Jalisco near Vincente Guerrero, and has continued to move near the coast since then,” the center said in its update.

A hurricane warning was in effect for Manzanillo, Mexico, north to San Blas and a tropical storm warning was in place from Tecpan de Galeana to Manzanillo and north of San Blas to Mazatlan. A hurricane watch was in effect for north of San Blas to Topolobampo, Mexico.

The center said current conditions could maintain the hurricane for the next three day. The Mexican government has extended the hurricane warning farther north along the coasts of Nayarit and Sinaloa.

The storm is expected to further strengthen as is travels northwest, hugging the Mexican coast.

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“On the forecast track, the center of Nora is expected to approach the southwestern coast of Mexico later today and pass very near the coast of the states of Jalisco and Nayarit by tonight,” the NHC said. “Nora is then forecast to approach and move into the Gulf of California on Sunday and Monday.”