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Puerto Vallarta in the path of Hurricane Jova

Hurricane Jova is getting stronger and is approaching the west coast of Mexico. It should make landfall on Tuesday and is now a category 3 hurricane with winds of up to 120 mph (almost 200 km/h).

A hurricane watch is in place from Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes. Around one hundred shelters were open Sunday for citizens who could be affected by the hurricane.

Mexico’s federal government will be providing assistance too. More than 300 soldiers have been deployed and members of the Mexican navy in Puerto Vallarta are on alert.

The forecast track may carry the center of Hurricane Jova near Barra de Navidad, south of the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta, late Tuesday.

Hotels in the hurricane path are already taking precautions, though the sun continues to shine from time to time. Almost all the guests at the 199-room Grand Bay Hotel on Isla Navidad, just off the coast, are scheduled to check out on Monday, only one US couple will ride out the storm, said hotel desk clerk Julio Ortega.

“The wind doesn’t really hit us here, because we are protected by the hills,” Ortega said. “But in any case, we’re taking precautions for the storm’s approach.”

Remnants of hurricane Jova are predicted to go through Guadalajara and to dissipate by the time the Jalisco state capital inaugurates the Pan American Games on Friday. Puerto Vallarta is also scheduled to host two events, open-water swimming and a triathlon, about a week later.

Use the Puerto Vallarta Web Cam for realtime weather views.

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