Hurricane Orlene makes landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and a risk of flooding and landslides, forecasters say.
Orlene comes ashore south of the beachside city of Mazatlan in Sinaloa state as a Category One hurricane — the weakest on a scale of five.
Boats had been brought ashore in Mazatlan ahead of Orlene’s arrival, and businesses boarded up windows and laid down sandbags in case of flooding.
Orlene had strengthened to a powerful Category 4 hurricane yesterday in the Pacific, prompting warnings for inhabitants of at-risk areas to take refuge in temporary shelters. But the storm gradually lost strength as it approached the coast and was expected to quickly lose its hurricane force after making landfall.