Willa strengthened into a “potential catastrophic” level in the Atlantic Ocean this afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Where is Hurricane Willa right now?
Willa is currently 175 miles south-southwest of Las Islas Maria, Mexico, according to the NOAA’s National Hurricane Centre (NHC).
The storm is also about 135 miles southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, and was moving north at about 7 mph.
Willa was packing has maximum sustained winds of 160 mph at 11am ET (4pm BST), which is just over the threshold for a Category 5.
Hurricane force winds are moving outwards at 30 miles from the centre.
There are also tropical-storm-force winds extending outwards up to 105 miles.
A hurricane warning was posted between San Blas and Mazatlan, along with a tropical storm warning in Playa Perula to San Blas and north of Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya.
What time will Hurricane Willa make landfall?
The hurricane will make landfall along the southwestern coast of Mexico on Tuesday afternoon or evening.
The centre said: “Slight weakening is forecast to begin on Tuesday, but Willa is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it reaches the coast of Mexico.”
Forecasters have warned Willa will produce rain fall levels of 6 to 12 inches across Mexico.
However, parts of western Jalisco, western Nayarit and southern Sinaloa in Mexico will see levels of up to 18 inches.
People are being warned that life-threatening flash flooding and landslides could be on their way.
Over in Zacatecas, Durango, southeast Chihuahua and Coahuila, at least 6 inches of rainfall may fall.
This could being more life-threatening flash flooding.
The US could also be battered by the hurricane, as central and southern Texas could see up to 4 inches of rainfall and potential flooding during the middle of this week.