• Hurricane Orlene, which decreased this Sunday to category 3, has put 9 states in western Mexico on alert, where it could make landfall on Monday

Hurricane Orlene, which fell from category 3 this Sunday, has put 9 states in western Mexico on alert, where it could make landfall on Monday, according to the National Civil Protection Coordination (CNPC).

The agency reported “orange alert” for high danger in northwestern Jalisco and southern Nayarit, and “yellow alert” for moderate danger for Sinaloa, southwestern Jalisco, and northern, central and western Nayarit.

Other states in danger are Colima, Durango, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Michoacán and Zacatecas, the CNPC added in its statement.

Orlene, which this morning had reached a category 4, weakened to a category 3 off the coast of Jalisco, 96 miles southwest of Cabo Corrientes, and 170 miles southwest of San Blas, Nayarit, according to the National Meteorological Service (SMN). .

Its cloud bands will cause “intense rains with periods of torrential rains”, from 150 to 250 millimeters, in areas of Nayarit and Jalisco, in addition to “very strong to intense” rains in Colima and Sinaloa, based on the SMN forecast.

Likewise, there will be “strong to very strong” rains in Durango and Michoacán.

The agency also forecast wind gusts of 55 to 68 miles per hour and waves of 10 to 16 feet high on the coasts of Nayarit and Jalisco, as well as gusts of 37 to 45 miles per hour.

So far, in the 2022 season in Mexico, cyclones Agatha, Blas, Celia, Bonnie, Darby, Estelle, Frank, Georgette, Howard, Ivette, Javier, Kay, Lester, Madeline and Newton have formed in the Pacific Ocean.

Agatha and Kay reached a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Last May, the Mexican authorities predicted the formation of up to 40 named cyclones by 2022, which they described as an “active season”, and they predicted that of the total number of tropical cyclones generated, at least 5 would impact the country.

It is worth mentioning that the rescue and reconstruction tasks after the onslaught of Hurricane Ian continue this Sunday in Florida, where there are still some 770,000 people without power and the rescuers are focused on the islands facing the Atlantic located in the southwest of this state, ground zero.

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