This Thursday, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) reported that tropical storm ''Olaf'' has intensified to a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Its cloud bands are causing rain in western (including Jalisco) and northwestern Mexico and Baja California Sur (BCS), in addition to strong winds and high waves.  In its 10:00 a.m. report, the SMN indicated that ''Olaf'' is located 250 km southeast of Cabo San Lucas, BCS.

A hurricane prevention zone is maintained from Los Barriles to Santa Fe, BCS, as well as a hurricane prevention zone from Los Barriles to Santa Fe, BCS. BCS, as well as a tropical storm prevention zone from Santa Fe to Cabo San Lázaro, and from Los Barriles to San Evaristo, BCS. It keeps moving north-northwest at 11 km/h, with sustained wind of 120 km/h and gusts of 150 km/h.

The SMN indicates that its cloud bands will produce punctual torrential rains in Baja California Sur, punctual very heavy rains in Sinaloa and Nayarit; punctual heavy rains in Jalisco, and intervals of showers in Colima, Durango, and Zacatecas. There will be wind gusts of 90 to 110 km/h with swells of five to seven meters on the coasts of Baja California Sur, wind gusts of 60 to 80 km/h with swells of three to five meters in the south of the Sea of Cortez and in Sinaloa.

The Conagua agency recommends extreme precautions to the population in general in the areas of the mentioned states due to rain, wind and waves (including maritime navigation) and to follow the recommendations issued by the authorities of the National Civil Protection System in each entity. So far, the following cyclones have formed in the Pacific Ocean: ''Andres'', ''Blanca'', ''Carlos'', ''Dolores'', ''Enrique'', ''Felicia'', ''Guillermo'', ''Hilda'', ''Ignacio'', ''Jimena'', ''Kevin'', ''Linda'', ''Marty'', ''Nora'' and ''Olaf''.

It is false that Vallarta's beaches are infested with crocodiles after Hurricane Nora

After the passage of category 1 hurricane Nora, during last weekend, the bodies of water where most of the crocodiles in Banderas Bay live practically overflowed, however, there is no major risk for people and it is false that all crocodiles are loose in the sea.

Especially the Boca Negra area, where some crocodiles of considerable size live, was one of the places where some crocodiles were dragged into the sea. But the amount of crocodiles that can be on Vallarta beaches is minimal since adult crocodiles take refuge when weather conditions are not favorable and are not dragged into the sea.

Some crocodiles have been dragged to the sea by the flooding of the rivers, however, the adults usually take shelter in time and do not roam loose in the sea.

It is true that some crocodiles are on the beaches of Vallarta, as they live in rivers whose riverbeds have grown considerably and were swept away, but it is completely false that the beaches of Vallarta are infested with crocodiles after the passage of Nora. Citizens are advised to keep a minimum distance of 10 meters in case they see a crocodile and call 911 immediately so it can be captured and returned to its natural habitat.

It is important to remember that in all Banderas Bay there are less than 300 crocodiles and only about 40 are of adult age, the rest are crocodiles of less than one and a half meters and the great majority are less than one meter long. Do not fall into false and alarmist information, the beaches of Puerto Vallarta are not infested with crocodiles.