MEXICO CITY – Tropical storm Pamela is picking up speed in the Pacific off Mexico, and forecasters say it should return to hurricane strength before hitting the coast north of the port of Mazatlan on Wednesday.
After Pamela weakened to a tropical storm on Tuesday afternoon, Pamela was about 170 miles west-southwest of Mazatlan and moving north-northeast at about 12 miles an hour, the US National Hurricane Center said. The storm had maximum wind speeds of about 70 miles per hour.
Pamela was predicted to pass far south of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula during the night as she accelerated her forward movement toward the coast and regained wind strength.
The hurricane center warned of life-threatening storm surges, flash floods and dangerous winds in the impact area.
Pamela has been predicted to weaken as it crosses northern Mexico and could approach the Texas border as a tropical depression by Thursday.
The center said the remnants of the storm could bring heavy rain to central Texas and southeastern Oklahoma.