Category 5 Hurricane Willa barrels toward Mexico's Pacific coast

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MEXICO CITY -- Hurricane Willa on Monday intensified into a Category 5 storm which could be "potentially catastrophic" for parts of Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The hurricane could produce "life-threatening" storm surge, wind and rainfall over the western-central and southwestern regions of the country, according to the advisory.

The hurricane was located 130 miles southwest of Cabo Corrientes with winds blowing at up to 195 mph at 1500 GMT, according to Mexico's National Meteorological Service.

It was making its way northwards and was expected to make a landfall on Tuesday, affecting the states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa.

Some regions suspended school classes as a precautionary measure.

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