MEXICO CITY (AP) – Pamela moved inland over the northwestern region of Mexico on Wednesday after crashing into the coast just north of Mazatlan earlier in the day with the force of a hurricane.
Pamela made landfall 65 km north of the port city of Mazatlan, which also serves as a seaside resort for Mexican tourists.
Civil defense officials in northern Sinaloa state said the wind and rains in Pamela had done little to damage the town.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Pamela’s winds dropped to around 100 km / h (65 mph) as she moved inland. The storm was moving north-northeast at 23 mph (37 km / h) and the remnants could approach Texas on Wednesday or Thursday night.
The hurricane center warned of the possibility of potentially fatal storm surges, flash floods and dangerous winds around the impact area.
Pamela is expected to weaken as it crosses northern Mexico and could approach the Texas border as a tropical depression or remnant by Wednesday or Thursday evening. The center said the remnants of the storm could carry heavy rain into central Texas and southeastern Oklahoma.