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‘Extremely dangerous’ Cat 4 Hurricane Willa heads for Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Willa has grown rapidly into an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific, on a path that could potentially bring landfall on a stretch of coast in Mexico between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta in the coming days.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said late Sunday that Willa could “produce life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall over portions of southwestern and west-central Mexico beginning on Tuesday.”

A hurricane warning was posted for Mexico’ coast between San Blas and Mazatlan. Tropical storm warnings were raised from Playa Perula to San Blas and Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya.

Willa had maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 kph) late Sunday and was centered about 210 miles (340 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes.

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