MEXICO CITY (AP) – Hurricane Pamela weakened to a tropical storm off Mexico’s Pacific coast on Tuesday, although forecasters said it is expected to regain strength overnight and become a hurricane again before making landfall near the port of Mazatlán on Wednesday.
Pamela’s vortex was located about 385 kilometers (240 miles) southwest of Mazatlán on Tuesday afternoon, the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. It was moving north at about 15 kilometers per hour (9 miles per hour). It had maximum sustained winds of about 110 km / h (70 mph).
Pamela is forecast to pass near the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula Tuesday night and speed toward the coast.
The NHC warned of the possibility of storm surge, flash flooding and dangerous winds near the impact area.
Afterward, Pamela is expected to weaken as it traverses northern Mexico and could approach the Texas border as a tropical depression on Thursday. The NHC said the remnants of the hurricane could affect parts of the south-central region of the United States “on Wednesday night or Thursday.”