Powerful Hurricane Willa makes landfall in Mexico as Category 3 storm

PHOTO: The coastline in Mazatlan in Sinaloa, Mexico, is pictured on Oct. 23, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa.PlayRashide Frias/AFP/Getty Images
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Hurricane Willa, now a powerful Category 3 storm, has made landfall in Mexico with winds of 120 mph.

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The hurricane made landfall near Isla Del Bosque, Sinaloa, which is about 10 miles south of Escuinapa, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A weather station near Marismas Nacionales recently reported a wind gust of up to 95 mph.

Willa was about 70 miles south of Mazatlán, Mexico, Tuesday afternoon and is forecast to make landfall later in the day.

As the storm made landfall, strong winds and dangerous storm surge are expected along Mexico's southwest coast.

Flooding is also a major concern. Some coastal areas of mainland Mexico could see up to 18 inches of rain.

PHOTO: A boy walks inside a store with taped-up glass panels, to protect against the expected severe winds of Hurricane Willa, as it approaches the Pacific beach resort of Mazatlan, Mexico, Oct. 22, 2018.Henry Romero/Reuters
A boy walks inside a store with taped-up glass panels, to protect against the expected severe winds of Hurricane Willa, as it approaches the Pacific beach resort of Mazatlan, Mexico, Oct. 22, 2018.

PHOTO: Workers protect a storefront with wood panels at the Mazatlan port in Sinaloa, Mexico, on Oct. 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa.AFP/Getty Images
Workers protect a storefront with wood panels at the Mazatlan port in Sinaloa, Mexico, on Oct. 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa.

PHOTO: Residents cover windows with wood ahead of Hurricane Willa in Mazatlan, Mexico, Oct. 22, 2018.Marco Ugarte/AP
Residents cover windows with wood ahead of Hurricane Willa in Mazatlan, Mexico, Oct. 22, 2018.

Inland regions can expect up to five inches of rain in some areas.

Hurricane Willa is expected to make landfall today in Mexico.ABC News
Hurricane Willa is expected to make landfall today in Mexico.

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Willa is forecast to rapidly weaken as it reaches the San Madre Occidental mountain range.

At the same time, the storm will be intercepted by a shortwave trough, and as a result, it will gain speed as it travels northeast toward Texas.

PHOTO: General view of the Malecon (boardwalk) in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, on Oct. 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa.Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images
General view of the Malecon (boardwalk) in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, on Oct. 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa.

The remnants of Willa are expected to combine with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, which could mean major rainfall in Texas and Louisiana.

Some areas of western Louisiana and eastern Texas could see over 3 inches of rain through Friday.

Tropical rainfall will be battering Texas by Wednesday evening.ABC News
Tropical rainfall will be battering Texas by Wednesday evening.

Local rainfalls throughout the South likely will be approaching 4 inches.ABC News
Local rainfalls throughout the South likely will be approaching 4 inches.

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