Hurricane Manuel has made landfall 95 miles south east of Los Mochis, Mexico, just west of Culiacan.
Maximum sustained winds at this point have reached up to 75 mile per hour and is presently moving north at 3 mph. While the government of Mexico has ended the tropical storm watch, a hurricane warning is in effect for La Cruz to Topolobampo.
Radar data from Guasave, Mexico indicates that the eye of Manuel made landfall west of Culiacan shortly after 5:00 am PST. It is expected to turn north-northeast later today and it may continue this general motion in to Friday.
Manuel is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression late tonight or early Friday. It is expected to dissipate over the mountainous terrain of Mexico by Friday night.
Manuel is a small hurricane, with force winds extending up to 15 miles from the center, where tropical store force winds extend outwards up to 60 miles. Manuel is expected to produce 8-12 inches of rain over the Mexican State of Sinaloa, with isolated maximum amounts of up to 20 inches. It is expected that an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain will fall over the southern portion of the Baja California Peninsula and the state of Nayarit.
Manuel is bringing a dangerous store surge of 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels and will continue for the next few hours to the south of where Manuel made landfall. It is expected that the store surge will die down late this afternoon with the coast expecting large and destructive waves until then.
Written by: Iam Bloom