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Mexico City, Oct 13 (EFE) .- The passage of Hurricane Pamela caused minor material damage, heavy rains and floods in northwestern Mexico on Wednesday, degraded in the last hours to a tropical depression on land already over the state of Durango.
As a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, Pamela made landfall in the vicinity of the municipality of San Ignacio, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexican Pacific, causing heavy rains.
The cyclone, which formed last weekend, has registered a somewhat unusual behavior, since on Tuesday it weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but strengthened again as a hurricane in the early hours of Wednesday until it made landfall in Sinaloa.
According to the forecast of the National Meteorological Service (SMN), the cyclone will gradually weaken throughout Wednesday and in the early hours of Thursday it will be low pressure remnant when located in the state of Coahuila.
In its most recent report, the SMN indicated that at 4:00 p.m. local time (9:00 p.m. GMT) Pamela weakened to a tropical depression over northeast Durango.
In addition, its cloud bands cause heavy to specific intense rains and strong gusts in the northwest and west of Mexico, as well as high waves in Sinaloa and Nayarit.
He explained that the system will interact with a cold front, reinforcing the probability of rains in the north and northeast of the Mexican territory in the next few hours.
For now, Pamela is located 120 kilometers north of the city of Durango, capital of the state of the same name, and 270 kilometers northeast of Mazatlán, Sinaloa.
The phenomenon is moving northeast at 44 kilometers per hour and presents maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour with gusts of 75, the Meteorological Office reported.
FLOODS IN SINALOA AND DURANGO
It’s a statement, the Government of Sinaloa indicated that “there were no major damages or the loss of any human life was regretted., as well as damage to road and urban infrastructure ”, which he described as a white balance.
He specified that only the fall of trees and billboards, detachment of roof sheets and flooding of streams occurred due to torrential rains.
The preliminary report, carried out by the State Civil Protection Institute, indicated that 13 temporary shelters were used in the municipalities of Mazatlán, San Ignacio, Elota, Rosario and Escuinapa, where 706 people were housed, who evicted their homes because they were located in areas of risk of flooding.
In the city of Mazatlán, the rains caused flooding, damage to homes and businesses due to flooding and fallen trees, as well as downed power poles.
In the state of Durango, the state coordination of Civil Protection reported that “there was a risk of overflowing the El Brillante canal in the community of El Salto, in the municipality of Pueblo Nuevo, which after constant rainfall” reached the maximum of its capacity ”.
Given this, municipal, state and federal emergency teams carried out the evacuation of dozens of people.
The state Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) indicated that after the cyclone 195,9902 users were affected, representing 6% of the company’s total users in the states of Nayarit, Sinaloa, Durango and Coahuila.
The CFE explained that so far, service has been restored to 57% of affected users in those states.
The authorities predicted last May the formation of between 14 and 20 named systems in the Pacific Ocean for this season, while for the Atlantic they predicted 15 to 19 meteorological phenomena.
This year in the Pacific Ocean the cyclones Andrés, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora, Olaf and Pamela have formed.