Hurricane Hilary reaches Category 2 and propitiates storms in western Mexico

Hurricane Hilary, which was formed today in Pacific waters, increased the strength of its winds and reached tonight category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, reported the National Meteorological Service (NWS) today, and warned of storms in the states West and southwest Mexico.

The phenomenon, which travels west-northwest at 15 kilometers per hour, is tonight 470 kilometers south-southwest of Manzanillo, western state of Colima, and 980 kilometers south-southeast Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (northwest).

Hilary develops sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour and gusts up to 195 kilometers per hour, according to the SMN in its most recent report.

The institution indicated that the cloudless landslides favor the potential of very strong storms with intense points (75 to 150 millimeters) in Michoacán and very strong (50 to 75 millimeters) in Jalisco, Colima and Guerrero.

Likewise, he indicated, there is foreseen high swell of 2.5 to 3.5 meters on the coasts of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán and Guerrero.

Therefore, the SMN recommended to the general population and to maritime navigation to take precautions for rain, wind and waves and to comply with the recommendations issued by the authorities of the National Civil Protection System in each entity.

According to the forecast, Hilary will be located Tuesday at 19.00 (2400 GMT) 560 kilometers southwest of Perula Beach, Jalisco, and 595 kilometers west-southwest of Manzanillo, Colima, as a category 3 hurricane.

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