Hurricane Willa Rapidly Intensifies, Impacts Travel Along Mexico's Coast

Water park lovers will find that this Midwestern getaway has it all: plenty of outdoor thrill slides in the summer and an ideal theme park-style escape during cold winter months. Intertwined body slides, multiple funnel slides and tandem tube rides are among the dozens of attractions enticing both hotel guests and day visitors to the 125,000 square foot indoor-outdoor water park. But the highlight comes by way of Master Blaster, an indoor water roller coaster that dips down and shoots back up for a fast-paced thrill. Once you dry off, you can board a six-story Ferris wheel, ride go-karts, or even test your skills on a ropes course or enjoy some upside-down thrill rides fit for kids young and old—all without having to step off-property.

A tropical storm approaching Mexico: PHOTO: Storm approaching Mexico (photo via Iren_Key/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

An intensifying, newly formed Hurricane Willa is expected to develop into a major hurricane by Monday morning as it approaches Mexico’s Pacific Coast, threatening Manzanillo and Mazatlan.

A hurricane watch has already been issued for the stretch of shore between San Blas and Mazatlan. With the storm, residents and visitors can expect to see a potentially destructive storm surge, with possibly five to ten inches of rain across parts of western Jalisco, western Nayarit and southern Sinaloa states, with amounts dropping as Willa moves inland.

At least one cruise ship—Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Bliss—changed its itinerary after departing Saturday from the Port of Los Angeles. The ship elected to head north, visiting San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, instead of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

The National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Willa was about 260 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes at midday Sunday, moving at 7 mph, and is expected to start curving toward the north-northeast.

“A turn toward the northwest and north at a slightly slower forward speed is expected through Tuesday,” the hurricane center reported. “Willa could approach the coast of west-central mainland Mexico by Wednesday as it begins to accelerate toward the northeast. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph with higher gusts. Rapid strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days.”

Hurricane #Willa continues to rapidly strengthen, and it is now a major hurricane. Hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect for west-central and southwestern Mexico. Here are the 3 pm MDT Key Messages. Go to https://t.co/Oy8uoeRKme for details. pic.twitter.com/HkPBSBTXdD

TravelPulse is onboard the Norwegian Bliss to cover the 2018 National Conference of Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. The conference has about 1,000 travel professionals in attendance.

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