Hurricane Jova is heading towards Mexico causing winds of up to 120 mph that threaten the west coast of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. The storm was categorized as a Category 3 hurricane is forecast to hit the coast by late Tuesday while a hurricane warning is declared in the coastal area region from Punta San Telmo northward to Cabo Corrientes.
The storm is being depicted as a “major threat” with meteorologists forecasting it can become even stronger by Tuesday. Jova heads east at about 6 mph while the Mexican authorities are concerned the storm can affect local people and opened at least 100 shelters to protect Mexicans from Jova. Mexican army and navy is also on alert, ready to provide assistance to people in areas that can be trashed by the storm.
Heavy rains, waves, and winds are expected off the Mexico’s Pacific coast with high surf warnings being in effect since Monday. The hurricane Jova is forecast to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 10 inches over the Mexican states of Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco, the Mexico’s National Meteorological Service said in a statement.
Other hurricanes are expected in the region during the storm season, which lasts through November with Category 3 storms causing most damage to the local economy and welfare of Mexican people.