Tropical Storm Pamela strengthens off Mexico’s Pacific coast

This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a Tropical Storm Pamela in the Pacific as it approaches Mexico at 15:30Oz, or 11:30 am EST, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. Pamela was forecast to take a turn toward the north and northeast, passing close to the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula late Tuesday or early Wednesday at hurricane strength, and forecast to make landfall Wednesday near Mazatlan, potentially as a Category 3 hurricane. (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR GOES via AP)

MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Pamela rapidly strengthened as it moved along Mexico’s Pacific coast Monday and it was forecast to become a major hurricane before hitting shore somewhere near the port of Mazatlan at midweek.