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Hurricane Willa intensifies to category 5

Posted: 10:54 AM, Oct 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-14 17:48:12-05
Hurricane Willa Pressure
Pressure and max wind speeds of Hurricane Willa

Recently formed Hurricane Willa has rapidly strengthened into a category 5 hurricane and is now barreling towards the Mexican coastline.

The recent update from the National Hurricane Center lists the maximum sustained winds inside Willa at 160 mph, just 3 mph over the threshold for a category 5 storm.

Hurricane Willa Infrared Satellite
Infrared satellite imagery of Hurricane Willa

Forecasters are urging residents along the Mexican coast, especially in the Isla Marias, to brace for life threatening weather conditions. Destructive storm surge is to be expected from this storm, as well as devastating flooding and land slides.

Hurricane Will will remain category 5 strength as it makes landfall, but the storm will quickly dissipate from a lack of wind shear and mountain terrain.