The storm ‘Norma’ is downgraded back to category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale because it rapidly approaches the objects of Baja California Sur and Sinaloa, although it will still cause heavy rain and strong waves.
Because of this, the National Water Commission (Conagua) issued a surveillance zone alert for the effects of the storm from Todos Santos to Los Barriles, Baja California Sur.
Likewise, it warns through the prevention zone for the effects of a tropical storm from the north of Los Barriles to San Evaristo and from the north of Todos Santos to Santa Fe, BCS; and tropical storm watch zone in Places called Marías Islands in Nayarit.
Additionally, it includes a new alert for tropical storm impacts from Topolobampo in Bahia Tempehuaya, Sinaloa.
According to the forecasts of Conagua, the meteorological phenomenon is expected to be reduced to a category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale in the early hours of Saturday.
However, it is expected that the eye of the event will make landfall on the coast of Baja California Sur this Sunday.
According to the latest report ofthe National Meteorological System (SMN), published at 9:15 a.m. on October 20, it is located 385 kilometers (km) west-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, and 395 km south of Cabo San Lucas, BCS
Norma is moving northwest at 13 kilometers per hour (km/h) with sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gusts of 215 km/h.
Conagua expects occasional heavy rains (75 to 150 mm) in Baja California Sur, Sinaloa,a and Nayarit; very strong (50 to 75 mm) in Jalisco, Colima y Michoacan; in addition to strong (25 to 50 mm) of Chihuahua and Durango
In addition, winds of 110 to 130 km/h, conditions for the formation of waterspouts,s, and waves of 4 to 6 meters high are expectedonn the coasts of Baja California Sur, Sinaloa and Nayarit; and gusts of 80 to 100 km/h and waves of 2 to 4 meters high on the coasts of Jalisco, Colima and Michoacán.
These rains can raise the level of rivers and streams, and cause landslides and floods in these entities.
For this reason, the commission recommends taking extra precautions and following the recommendations issued by the National Civil Protection System in each entity.
Instead, the National Civil Protection Coordination (CNPC) issued a yellow alert of medium danger in the south of BCS and a green alert of low danger in Sinaloa.