Mexico Prepares for Hurricane

Orlene picks up strength en route
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2022 1:40 PM CDT
Mexico Prepares for Hurricane
This satellite image taken at 20:20 UTC and provided by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Orlene on Saturday.   (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Orlene gained strength Sunday as it headed toward western Mexico, where the US National Hurricane Center warned the "extremely dangerous" storm could cause life-threatening flooding. The storm became a hurricane on Saturday and was posting maximum sustained winds up to 130mph on its way to the coast, USA Today reports. It's projected to make landfall sometime Monday between San Blas and Mazatlan. The Hurricane Center said Orlene would begin to weaken later Sunday but still be at hurricane strength at landfall.

Rainfall of up to 10 inches is predicted in some places, per the AP, as is dangerous surf. The ports of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta were closed Sunday, and others were closed to small craft. People in the path of the hurricane have been asked to take precautions, per CNN. Landslides are possible "in areas of rugged terrain," the Hurricane Center warned. Orlene is a smaller, more compact storm than Hurricane Ian, which hit the southeastern US, with hurricane-force winds extending about 15 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds 70 miles out. (Read more hurricane stories.)

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