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Pamela could be Category 3 hurricane when it reaches Mexico’s west coast

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                                This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Pamela as it approaches Mexico earlier today. Pamela was forecast to take a turn toward the north and northeast, passing close to the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula late Tuesday or early Wednesday at hurricane strength, and forecast to make landfall Wednesday near Mazatlan, potentially as a Category 3 hurricane.

    NOAA VIA AP

    This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Pamela as it approaches Mexico earlier today. Pamela was forecast to take a turn toward the north and northeast, passing close to the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula late Tuesday or early Wednesday at hurricane strength, and forecast to make landfall Wednesday near Mazatlan, potentially as a Category 3 hurricane.

MEXICO CITY >> Tropical Storm Pamela rapidly strengthened as it moved along Mexico’s Pacific coast today and it was forecast to become a major hurricane before hitting shore somewhere near the port of Mazatlan at midweek.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Pamela’s center was about 435 miles south-southwest of Mazatlan at midafternoon today and was moving northwest at about 7 mph. The storm had maximum winds of about 70 mph.

Pamela was forecast to take a turn toward the north and northeast, passing south of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula late Tuesday or early Wednesday at hurricane strength. The storm was forecast to make landfall Wednesday near Mazatlan, potentially as a Category 3 hurricane.

Pamela was then expected to weaken while crossing over northern Mexico and could approach the Texas border as a tropical depression by Thursday.

The hurricane center warned of the possibility of life-threatening storm surge, flash floods and dangerous winds around the impact area.

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