Sinaloa is in the path of Hurricane Orlene in the Pacific

Early Thursday morning, tropical storm "Orlene" formed, its center is located 470 km from Colima, which has the potential to become Hurricane Orlene. On Sunday, it is expected to make landfall in Sinaloa as a Tropical Storm.

Sinaloa is in the path of Hurricane Orlene in the Pacific
The center of tropical storm Orlene is located 465 km south of Manzanillo, Colima. The circulation of this system reinforces the potential for rainfall in western Mexico. Credit: CONAGUA Clima

Early Thursday morning, tropical storm "Orlene" formed. Its center is currently located 465 kilometers (km) south of Manzanillo, Colima, and 600 km south-southeast of Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco; according to its trajectory, which can be followed live, its impact is expected in Sinaloa.

The National Meteorological Service (SSN) explained that "Orlene" evolved from tropical depression "Sixteen-E", which formed in the Pacific Ocean. So far, tropical storm "Orlene" has maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (km/h), gusts of 85 km/h, and is moving west-northwest at 20 km/h.

Due to the storm's proximity to Mexico, heavy rains are expected in Michoacán, Colima, and Jalisco, as well as waves of one to two meters high on the coasts of these states.

When will Hurricane Orlene form?

On Friday, it would become a Category 1 Hurricane and turn northward to head towards the coast of Sinaloa, as shown in the forecasts of the National Water Commission (Conagua).

If it follows the trajectory of this first forecast, it would degrade again to a tropical storm and on Sunday it would make landfall between the municipalities of Mazatlan, San Ignacio, and Elota.

However, the trajectory and intensity of this tropical depression may still change. At the moment, it is causing very heavy rains in Michoacán and heavy rains in Jalisco and Colima and remains under surveillance.

The population of the aforementioned states is advised to take precautions and follow the recommendations issued by the authorities of the National Civil Protection System.