Hurricane Orlene grows to category 4 and moves towards the Pacific coast of Mexico

When upgrading, its center was located 170 kilometers southwest of Cabo Corrientes – Photo: PEDRO PARDO / AFP / Getty Images

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) in Mexico reported on the evolution of hurricane Orlene this Sunday to category 4 towards the Mexican Pacific, where it is expected to cause “torrential rains.”

According to the SMN, Orlene was located 170 kilometers southwest of Cabo Corrientes and 175 kilometers west-southwest of Playa Pérula, both in Jalisco, Mexico.

Orlene is expected to make landfall as a category 1 this coming Tuesday in the south of Sinaloa, according to a graphic of the meteorological agency, which depends on the National Water Commission (Conagua).

The phenomenon presents maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour, gusts of 240 kilometers per hour, and displacement towards the north at 11 kilometers per hour, according to both institutions.

They warned of “intense” rains in the states of Chiapas, Colima, and Sinaloa, “very heavy” rains in Durango and Michoacán, and “heavy” rains in Aguascalientes, Guerrero, and Zacatecas.

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“The forecast rains could be with electrical discharges and conditions for the fall of hail, besides that they can cause landslides, increase in the levels of rivers and streams, overflows and floods in low areas,” detailed the SMN.

The SMN, together with the National Hurricane Center in Miami, United States, are coordinating to maintain a prevention zone from San Blas, Nayarit, to Mazatlan, Sinaloa, including the Islas Marias, in Nayarit.