Tropical Storm Sonia gains strength, takes aim at Mexico
Tropical Storm Sonia is expected to make landfall early Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The Mexican states of Sinaloa and Durango are expecting heavy rainfall and high winds.
Tropical¬†Storm¬†Sonia¬†gained strength as it took aim at the Pacific coast of¬†Mexico¬†on Sunday, threatening intense rains over a large portion of¬†western Mexico¬†that has already experienced major flooding over the past couple of months.
Sonia¬†was churning 205 miles south of the resort city of¬†Los Cabos¬†at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula and was expected to make landfall early on Monday, the Miami-based¬†U.S. National Hurricane Center¬†said in its latest advisory.
The weather system was traveling north at 9 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the NHC said.
The center said a turn toward the north-northeast and an increase in speed is expected later on Sunday.
Sonia¬†is expected to produce rainfall of 3 to 10 inches in both Sinaloa and Durango states, the NHC said.
Mexico's national water commission said heavy rains could extend to seven other western and northern states.
In September,¬†Mexico¬†suffered its worst flooding since records began when storms Manuel and¬†Ingrid¬†converged from the Pacific and the¬†Gulf of Mexico, killing more than 150 people and causing damage estimated at around $6 billion.
Sonia¬†is the eighteenth named¬†storm¬†system during the current eastern Pacific hurricane season, which began in May and is set to conclude at the end of this month.¬†