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发表时间:2018-11-07内容来源:VOA英语学习网

Three years to the day after a ferocious category 5 hurricane made landfall in Western Mexico, the region was bracing for another Pacific cyclone Tuesday evening. This time, it's Hurricane Willa. At one point when it was still out at sea, Willa had rapidly strengthened to category 5 status, the strongest classification on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Willa's sustained wind speeds reached 160 miles per hour, but the storm weakened as it approached Mexico. And on Tuesday afternoon, it was a category 3 hurricane with wind speeds of around 120 miles per hour.

The first area directly in its path was an archipelago of four Mexican islands called Islas Maria. And after it passed over them, Willa was expected to arrive on the mainland between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Airlines canceled their service to those cities as Hurricane Willa got closer, and Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto directed his government to do everything it could to protect those in the storm's path.

On the ground, forecasters were expecting large and damaging waves, and rainfall of between 6 and 12 inches that could cause flash flooding and landslides in several Western Mexican states.

This has been an active hurricane season in the Pacific. Including Willa, there have been 10 major hurricanes in this region this year. That ties the record in the Northeast Pacific that was set in 1992.

3年前,一场猛烈的5级飓风在墨西哥西部地区登陆,周二晚上,该地区遭遇另一场太平洋飓风的侵袭。这次登陆墨西哥的飓风名为“威拉”。还在海上盘旋时,“威拉”曾迅速增强到5级飓风的强度,这是萨菲尔-辛普森飓风等级划定的最高等级。“威拉”的持续风速达到160英里每小时,不过该风暴在接近墨西哥时有所减弱。周二下午,“威拉”降为3级飓风,持续风速为每小时120英里左右。

“威拉”在移动时经过的首个地点是由4个墨西哥岛屿组成的马里亚斯群岛。在经过这个群岛之后,“威拉”将抵达马萨特兰与巴亚尔塔港之间的大陆。由于飓风“威拉”不断逼近,多家航空公司已取消了这些城市的航班,墨西哥总统恩里克·培尼亚·涅托要求政府倾尽全力保护位于飓风移动路径上的民众。

根据墨西哥天气预报,“威拉”将引发具破坏性的海浪,并带来6至12英寸的降雨,这可能导致墨西哥西部多州发生洪水和山体滑坡。

太平洋飓风季一直很活跃。包括“威拉”在内,今年这一地区已遭遇了10起大飓风的袭击。这追平了1992年太平洋东北部地区遭遇飓风袭击的记录。

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