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October 23, 2018

Hurricane Willa made landfall Tuesday night south of Mazatlan, Mexico, as a Category 3 storm, with winds up to 120 mph.

Mazatlan is a popular tourist destination, and several cruise ships bound for the resort town have been diverted and more than 4,000 people along the coast have been evacuated. Officials are warning of life-threatening storm surge, rainfall, and wind in parts of western Mexico, with Willa expected to be one of the most dangerous storms to hit Mexico in years, CBS News reports.

This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia

October 21, 2018

On Sunday, Hurricane Willa strengthened into a Category 4 storm, and is expected to make landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico by Tuesday.

Willa now has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, and is about 220 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes. A hurricane watch is now in effect for the shore between Mazatlan and San Blas, and forecasters are warning Willa could produce dangerous storm surge and dump as much as 10 inches of rain in some parts of western Jalisco, western Nayarit, and southern Sinaloa states. Catherine Garcia

October 7, 2018

The National Hurricane Center announced Sunday that Tropical Storm Michael, which is expected to bring heavy rains to parts of Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula through Monday, will likely soon become a hurricane.

Brian Fortier, a senior meteorologist at the Weather Channel, told NBC News Michael will probably become a hurricane within the next 24 hours, and "stay a low-grade hurricane before it comes onshore and moves northeast across Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina." Michael is expected to pick up speed over the next few days, before hitting the U.S. on Wednesday, and could bring heavy rains, winds, and dangerous storm surge to areas that experienced flooding during Hurricane Florence in September. Catherine Garcia

September 12, 2018

Super Typhoon Mangkhut is the most powerful tropical cyclone in the world, with 170 mph winds, and is set to cross over the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Macau over the next few days.

The Global Disaster and Alert Coordination System said that as many as 43.3 million people could be affected by the storm, which is now causing power outages and flooding in Guam. Mangkhut is expected to sweep across the northern Philippines on Friday as the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, but will likely weaken before reaching Hong Kong and Macau. The agriculture secretary of the Philippines warned that with the harvest season nearing, Mangkhut could cause up to $25 million in damage to crops on the island of Luzon.

It's a busy storm season in the Atlantic and Pacific. Hurricane Florence, headed for the Carolinas, is a Category 3, while Tropical Storm Barijat is now passing Hong Kong to the south. Tropical Storm Olivia is bringing at least 15 inches of rain to some parts of Hawaii, and Hurricane Helene, a Category 1, is west of Cabo Verde and expected to stay over the open ocean, The Washington Post reports. Catherine Garcia

July 9, 2018

Tropical Storm Chris will likely strengthen to a hurricane off the East Coast overnight, and forecasters are warning swimmers and surfers in South Carolina to take precaution.

Current conditions could create currents in Georgetown and Horry counties that sweep people into rip currents or piers and jetties, CBS News reports. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, and is expected to travel northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. On Monday evening, the National Hurricane Center said Chris was about 215 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Catherine Garcia

January 5, 2018

At least six people were killed in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia due to the intense winter storm that hit the East Coast.

In North Carolina, three people were killed, including two men whose pickup truck slid off a road and into a creek on Wednesday night, authorities said. One person died in South Carolina and two others in Virginia — a 75-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a snowplow and a young girl was killed while sledding down a driveway.

Called a "bomb cyclone" because its fast drop in atmospheric pressure was akin to a winter hurricane, the massive storm system also caused the cancelation of more than 4,000 flights to and from the U.S. Heavy snow and high winds were reported all along the East Coast, with parts of southern New Jersey receiving almost 17 inches of snow and flooding reported in Boston. Over the weekend, the Northeast can expect extremely cold air — wind chills are forecast to hit minus 15 in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia, and could drop to minus 40 in parts of New England and western New York, ABC News reports. Catherine Garcia

September 17, 2017

Maria was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday, and it is about 125 miles east-northeast of Barbados, headed toward the eastern Caribbean at 15 miles per hour.

"Maria has strengthened to a hurricane and could be near major hurricane intensity when it affects portions of the Leeward Islands over the next few days, bringing dangerous wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards," the National Hurricane Center said. There is now a hurricane warning in Martinique, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, and Guadeloupe.

There are two other storms in the Atlantic — Jose, a Category 1 that could cause "dangerous surf and rip currents" along the U.S. East Coast over the next few days, and Lee, which was downgraded Sunday from a tropical storm to a tropical depression. It is expected to weaken even further over the next several days. Catherine Garcia

August 24, 2017

Hurricane Harvey, now a Category 1 with 85 mph winds, is gaining strength, and by the time it hits the middle Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday, it's expected to be a Category 3, with winds of at last 111 mph, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday night.

Harvey could make landfall in Corpus Christi, where Mayor Joe McComb has issued a voluntary evacuation order; it is now about 250 miles southeast of the city, moving 10 mph. Traffic is backed up going out of Corpus Christi, as residents try to leave before the storm, and the shelves at many grocery stores are empty, CNN reports.

Rainfall from Harvey "will cause devastating and life-threatening flooding," the National Hurricane Center said, as it will likely linger over the state. Forecasters are expecting Harvey to bring 15 to 25 inches of rain along the Texas coast and may cause flooding in Louisiana as well as Texas. The last hurricane to make landfall in Texas was Ike in 2008; 21 people died in the storm. Catherine Garcia

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