Mexico has issued an alert for parts of its Pacific seaboard as it prepares for the “life-threatening” Hurricane Willa.
Willa is expected to make landfall on Mexico’s west-central coast late on Tuesday and is “potentially catastrophic”, forecasters say.
Currently a Category Three – out of five – storm, it threatens to bring torrential rains and major flooding.
Earlier this month areas of the US were devastated by Hurricane Michael, which left at least 27 people dead.
Willa is heading northwards with maximum sustained winds of about 195km/h (120mph), says the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The NHC issued a public advisory at 18:00 local time (01:00 Wednesday BST) saying that the eye of the storm would make landfall on Mexico’s western coast within the next hour or so, and warning people not to go outside.
A hurricane warning is in effect for areas from San Blas to Mazatlan, including Las Islas Marias.
“An extremely dangerous storm surge is occurring along portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico,” the NHC said.
It added that rapid weakening was expected after landfall on Tuesday night.
In Mazatlan, a popular beach resort, some residents were seen stocking up on food and water.
In the nearby town of Escuinapa, people have been gathering in shelters before the storm’s arrival.
Hurricane Michael, which made landfall on 10 October, was the most powerful storm ever to hit north-west Florida.
Residents of Mexico Beach, one of the areas worst affected, described the aftermath as a “war zone”.
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