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Orlene Strengthens to Hurricane Off Mexico’s Pacific Coast

At 10:00 am CDT, Tropical Storm Orlene evolved into a Category 1 hurricane located 340 km south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, and moving north at 7 km/h.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Pacific coast from Playa Perula to San Blas. Orlene is expected to pass just west of Puerto Vallarta from 7 pm Sunday to 7 am Monday.

Its cloud bands increase the probability of very heavy rains this afternoon and evening (from 50 to 75 millimeters) in Colima, Jalisco, Michoacán and Nayarit, as well as winds with gusts of 40 to 50 km/h on the coasts of Colima and Jalisco.

The forecast of winds with gusts of 60 to 70 km/h and waves of 2 to 4 meters (m) in height could pelt the coasts of Jalisco and Nayarit, and gusts of 40 to 50 km/h with waves of 1 to 2 m in height on the coast of Colima and south of Sinaloa.

The National Meteorological Service (SMN), of the National Water Commission (Conagua), in coordination with the National Hurricane Center in Miami (NOAA), has issued a Hurricane Warning for Las Islas Marias in Nayarit, and a Tropical Storm Warning for the coast of mainland Mexico from Manzanillo, Colima, to San Blas, Nayarit.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, generally within 36 hours.

The precipitation generated by this system could increase the level of rivers and streams, and cause overflows and floods in areas of the aforementioned states, for which the population and maritime navigation are urged to heed the warnings of the National Meteorological Service (SMN), of the National Water Commission (Conagua), and follow the indications of the state, municipal and Civil Protection authorities.

For more information on weather conditions, consult gob.mx/conagua, smn.conagua.gob.mx, nhc.noaa.gov, the @conagua_mx and @conagua_clima Twitter accounts, and on Facebook, as well as in the application for mobile devices ConaguaClima, where you can find out the forecast by municipality.

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