Migrant Caravan Path Intersects Hurricane Willa Track

Hurricane Willa Track 0900 Hours October 22 2018
Hurricane Willa Track 0900 Hours October 22 2018

 

Migrant Caravan 7233 Registered Ciudad Hidalgo
Migrant Caravan 7,233 Registered in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico

Migrant Caravan Path Intersects Hurricane Willa Track (see video below) – Honduras Migrant Caravan Location Tapachula, Mexico – ESE of Hurricane Willa – A group of about 1,000 Hondurans set off on foot from a bus terminal in the crime-ridden Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on October 13, 2018 in an attempt to escape unemployment and the threat of violence. The caravan has steadily grown along the way to the United States.

In Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico 7,233 migrants have been registered, putting them 595 miles from Brownsville, Texas, due to arrive October 30 or October 31.

Some estimates put the number of migrants who left Ciudad Hidalgo for Tapachula on Sunday at 5,000 while a Mexican federal police commander gave a lower number of 3,000. These people will be out in the elements facing dangerous. life-threatening weather in Mexico from Hurricane Willa.

According to the United States Department on September 20, 2018, Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. The travel advisory is “Reconsider travel to Honduras due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Honduras, one of Latin America’s poorest nations, strives to improve its economic and democratic development with U.S. assistance. The United States has historically been the largest bilateral donor to Honduras.”

Hurricane Willa is currently at 160 MPH winds making it a Category 5 storm,  WSW of La Manzanilla, Mexico.

Hurricane Willa is an extremely impressive hurricane in infrared and visible satellite imagery this morning. The small, but very distinct, eye is embedded within a symmetric central dense overcast with cloud tops of -70 to -80 degrees Celsius.

Migrant Track - Estimated arrival Oct 30 - Oct 31
Migrant Track – Estimated arrival Oct 30 – Oct 31

Based on these data the initial intensity has been increased to 140 kt. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is currently en route to Willa and should provide a better assessment of the storm’s intensity by early this afternoon.

Another 1,500 migrants are estimated to be waiting to cross at the Guatemalan side of the border.

The Los Angeles Times, citing Gerardo Hernandez, head of the local government’s emergency services, reported that 7,233 immigrants had registered over the past three days at a shelter in Ciudad Hidalgo. Hernandez said his agency has been asked to help providing the immigrants with food and shelter.

A newly formed group of 1,000 mainly Honduran migrants has also set off for the US.

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