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Pamela hits Mazatlan as a Category 1 causing material destruction

Mazatlan, Sinaloa — Hurricane Pamela made landfall early Wednesday as a Category 1 storm and not as the predicted Category 3. Even with the downgrade, Pamela still managed to cause flooding and material destruction along her path.

According to Civil Protection, at least 80 areas in Sinaloa were at risk of flooding as Pamela continued on her westward path as a tropical storm. The Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) reported “Pamela is now a tropical storm. Its cloud bands are causing heavy rains and strong wind gusts in the northwest and west of Mexico, as well as high waves in Sinaloa and Nayarit.”

Intense rains were felt in Durango, Sinaloa, Nayarit and Coahuila as well as in Zacatecas (west), Nuevo León, Chihuahua (south) and Jalisco,” reported the SMN.

By Wednesday afternoon, Pamela had weakened to tropical depression by the time it hit northeast Durango.