Orlene strengthens into hurricane off Mexico’s Pacific coast

MEXICO CITY — Orlene grew to hurricane strength on Saturday and is set to make an expected landfall on Mexico’s northwestern Pacific coast early next week.

The US National Hurricane Center said Orlene had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph on Saturday. It was centered about 200 miles (320 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes and was moving north at 7 mph.

The center said the hurricane could strengthen slightly but weaken again before making landfall.

Orlene is expected to pass through the Islas Marias, a former Mexican penal colony that the government is trying to turn into a center for ecotourism.

Orelene is expected to make landfall Monday in the state of Sinaloa, in the region surrounding the resort town of Mazatlan.

However, Orlene can bring heavy rainfall and high winds to the Pacific coast resort town of Puerto Vallarta if it passes offshore. Puerto Vallarta closed the port to shipping and boat traffic on Saturday as a precaution.

Mexico’s National Water Commission said Orlene could cause “mudslides, rising river and stream levels, and flooding in low-lying areas.”

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