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Ports closed as Hurricane Nora closes in on Pacific coast

Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán — At least seven ports along the Pacific coast have been shut as Hurricane Nora heads toward land. Nora gained her hurricane status overnight, becoming a category 1 early Saturday.

With her upgrade in status, the National Hurricane Center is issuing hurricane advisories on the recently upgraded storm, which, as of 7:00 a.m. Saturday, was located a little over 200 miles south of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico.

Hurricane Nora is expected to move north-northwest today toward the coast of Cabo Corrientes before moving northwest where modest winds and heavy rain are expected across coastal sections of western Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacán, Colima, and Jalisco.

Intense rains of 75 to 150 mm with torrential storms of 200 to 300 mm are expected over Guerrero, Michoacán and Colima as Nora passes. Due to this, the Mexican Navy Secretariat (Semar) reported the closure of several ports.

In the state of Michoacán, navigation for both large and small vessels in the port of Lázaro Cárdenas have been closed.

Restrictions are also in place for smaller vessels in the Guerrero ports of Acapulco, Zihuatanejo and Puerto Marqués, while in the state of Oaxaca, boat restrictions are in place for Bahías de Huatulco and Puerto Ángel.

The naval institution added that in Puerto San Blas in Nayarit, the port will be closed to minor navigation.