MEXICO CITY (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — After gaining strength, Pamela made landfall as a hurricane on Mexico's Pacific coast Wednesday, bringing high winds and rain to the port city.
The increase in strength came just before Pamela hit the coast 40 miles north of Mazatlan, which also serves as a resort for Mexican tourists.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Pamela had maximum winds of about 75 mph at landfall, though it is expected to quickly weaken as it moves inland.
Pamela, the 16th named storm of the 2021 East Pacific hurricane season, was moving northeast at 14 mph and remnants could approach Texas by Thursday.
The hurricane center warned of the possibility of life-threatening storm surges, flash floods and dangerous winds around the impact area.
After weakening to a tropical storm Tuesday afternoon, Pamela was centered about 170 miles west-southwest of Mazatlan late Tuesday and was moving north-northeast at about 12 mph.
Pamela was forecast to weaken while crossing over northern Mexico and could approach the Texas border as a tropical depression or remnants by late Wednesday or Thursday. The center said remnants of the storm could carry heavy rain to central Texas and southeast Oklahoma.
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