Fierce Hurricane Willa closes in on Mexican resort area

  • An elderly man and child sit at a building’s entryway where wood to cover windows ahead of Hurricane Willa lays nearby in Mazatlan, Mexico, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. A potential catastrophic Hurricane Willa swept toward Mexico’s Pacific coast Monday night, threatening a stretch of high-rise resort hotels, surfing beaches and fishing villages. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

  • Residents buy drinking water ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Willa in Mazatlan, Mexico, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. A potential catastrophic Hurricane Willa swept toward Mexico’s Pacific coast Monday night, threatening a stretch of high-rise resort hotels, surfing beaches and fishing villages. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

  • Residents cover windows with wood ahead of Hurricane Willa in Mazatlan, Mexico, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. A potential catastrophic Hurricane Willa swept toward Mexico’s Pacific coast Monday night, threatening a stretch of high-rise resort hotels, surfing beaches and fishing villages. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

  • This GOES East satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Willa in the eastern Pacific, on a path toward Mexico’s Pacific coast on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (NOAA via AP)

  • A surfer rides a wave in Mazatlan, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. Willa is headed toward a Tuesday afternoon collision with a stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coast, its strong winds and high waves threatening high-rise resorts, surfing beaches and fishing villages. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

  • View of the beach before the arrival of Hurricane Willa in Mazatlan, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. “Extremely dangerous” Hurricane Willa headed toward a Tuesday afternoon collision with a stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coast, its strong winds and high waves threatening high-rise resorts, surfing beaches and fishing villages. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MAZATLAN, Mexico— Hurricane Willa roared into a cluster of Mexican islands holding a prison colony and headed for a Tuesday afternoon collision with a stretch of the country’s Pacific coast, its 120 mph (195 kph) winds and high waves threatening high-rise resorts, surfing beaches and fishing villages.

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