Hurricane Jova: Jalisco and Puerto Vallarta on red alert

Despite Hurricane Jova being downgraded to a category II on the Saffir-Simpson (maximum of 5), winds and rain lashed in the early hours of Wednesday October 12 Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta.

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This means that in the southern coast of Jalisco, both trees have been felled and electric supply has been affected in different communities as well as some scattered landslides on roads. Luckily without any reported casualties so far.

In Manzanillo, staff and guests were evacuated from hotels located on the beach. Shops are closed   with their windows taped to prevent breakage by high winds.

In Puerto Vallarta, and coastal areas of Jalisco classes were suspended until wednesday at least. The cyclone that is monitored by the National Meteorological System, has a “high” hazard rating and in the coastal states of Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit and southern Sinaloa has caused waves of up to 5 – 6 meters, so water activities are restricted.

In the most recent report from the SMN, at 4 am, today Wednesday October 12, the storm, which formed as a tropical storm on Thursday and became a hurricane on Saturday, presented tonight maximum winds of 160 kilometers per hour and gusts of 195 kilometers.

Authorities of Jalisco and Colima have therefore installed shelters to receive the local population and has established an alert that goes from the Roblito, in the state of Sinaloa, to Punta San Telmo, in the state of Michoacan.

The SMN requested the population of the five affected states to meet the following guidelines in the presence of the hurricane:

  • Extreme caution on roads
  • Improve monitoring of rivers and dams
  • Cautiion is requested against landslides in mountainous areas

For the time being the Weather Service predicted that in the coming hours, Hurricane “Jova” will go down to a category 1, with maximum winds of 120 kilometers and gusts of 150 kph.

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