This year’s hurricane season wants to go out with a bang, not a whimper. Case in point, Hurricane Willa made landfall in Mexico as a powerful Category 3 storm. It lost a great deal of power the night after it landed, thankfully, but has continued to dump historic rainfall on the region.
Hurricane Willa Makes Landfall
The hurricane was fueled by surprisingly warm ocean waters that have characterized this hurricane season. Similar warm waters powered Hurricanes Florence and Michael earlier this season. Willa, by contrast, formed over the Pacific and blew to the East.
It first rampaged across an offshore penal colony about 60 miles from the Mexican shore. Officials from the prison have made no statement at time of writing as to the condition of the prison after weathering the storm.
Assessment of the damage done by the hurricane has been hampered somewhat by the relatively poor communication infrastructure of the rural area. Scattered reports have indicated that flash flooding and power outages have both been major concerns for the region.
As the remnants of the storm blow across Mexico from East to West, the storm will likely blow out into the Gulf. There, it will likely gain some power from the still-warm waters and turn to the North. It’s predicted to then dump even more rain on the already-saturated Southeast.
Following this, it’s predicted that Willa will meet a cold front moving South from Canada. This could cause the storm to morph into a powerful Nor’easter and begin driving blizzards along the East Coast. Residents on the East Coast are urged to carefully watch the news and be aware of the storm’s potential.
The 2018 Hurricane Season
The hurricanes this year have been dramatic, powerful and frightening. They have been largely driven by the unusually warm waters of the oceans this year. Experts have been studying the weather patterns in attempts to understand why, exactly, this is happening. Early speculation holds that global warming is largely to blame for the sudden uptick in extreme weather patterns.