The Latest: Hurricane Willa now Category 4, still dangerous

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The latest on Hurricane Willa and other storms (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

Hurricane Willa has weakened slightly off Mexico's Pacific Coast and is now a Category 4 storm, but remains "extremely dangerous" ahead of an expected landfall Tuesday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Willa's maximum sustained winds are now 155 mph (250 kph). That's just 1 mph below the threshold for a Category 5 hurricane.

Regardless of category, the storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rains over parts of west-central and southwestern Mexico.

A hurricane warning is in place for a stretch of coastline from San Blas to the popular resort city of Mazatlan, as well as the offshore Islas Marias, a set of islands that include a nature preserve and a federal prison.

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Men transport a boat on a truck in Teacapan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa was upgraded to a 'potentially catastrophic' Category 5 storm Monday off Mexico's Pacific coast, where it was expected to produce life-threatening wind and flooding, the US National Hurricane Center said. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
This image provided by NOAA on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, shows Hurricane Willa in the eastern Pacific, on a path to smash into Mexico's western coast. (NOAA via AP)
Men move a kayak at the beach in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa upgraded to maximum Category 5 storm, US forecasters informed. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
People prepare to be evacuated in Teacapan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa was upgraded to a 'potentially catastrophic' Category 5 storm Monday off Mexico's Pacific coast, where it was expected to produce life-threatening wind and flooding, the US National Hurricane Center said. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
View of the city sign in Teacapan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa was upgraded to a 'potentially catastrophic' Category 5 storm Monday off Mexico's Pacific coast, where it was expected to produce life-threatening wind and flooding, the US National Hurricane Center said. (Photo by Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man works trying to protect a restaurant from Hurricane Willa, before its arival in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 22, 2018. - Hurricane Willa upgraded to maximum Category 5 storm, US forecasters informed. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather preparing to be evacuated in Teacapan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa was upgraded to a 'potentially catastrophic' Category 5 storm Monday off Mexico's Pacific coast, where it was expected to produce life-threatening wind and flooding, the US National Hurricane Center said. (Photo by Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
A Civil Protection employee gathers people who will be later evacuated in Teacapan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa was upgraded to a 'potentially catastrophic' Category 5 storm Monday off Mexico's Pacific coast, where it was expected to produce life-threatening wind and flooding, the US National Hurricane Center said. (Photo by Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather preparing to be evacuated in Teacapan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa was upgraded to a 'potentially catastrophic' Category 5 storm Monday off Mexico's Pacific coast, where it was expected to produce life-threatening wind and flooding, the US National Hurricane Center said. (Photo by Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
Men tie a kayak at the beach in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa upgraded to maximum Category 5 storm, US forecasters informed. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
People are transported to be later evacuated in Teacapan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa was upgraded to a 'potentially catastrophic' Category 5 storm Monday off Mexico's Pacific coast, where it was expected to produce life-threatening wind and flooding, the US National Hurricane Center said. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
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)
People prepare to be evacuated in Teacapan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa was upgraded to a 'potentially catastrophic' Category 5 storm Monday off Mexico's Pacific coast, where it was expected to produce life-threatening wind and flooding, the US National Hurricane Center said. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
People prepare to be evacuated in Teacapan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa was upgraded to a 'potentially catastrophic' Category 5 storm Monday off Mexico's Pacific coast, where it was expected to produce life-threatening wind and flooding, the US National Hurricane Center said. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
A Civil Protection vehicle patrols the streets of Teacapan in Sinaloa state, Mexico, on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa was upgraded to a 'potentially catastrophic' Category 5 storm Monday off Mexico's Pacific coast, where it was expected to produce life-threatening wind and flooding, the US National Hurricane Center said. (Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man prepares to surf in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa upgraded to maximum Category 5 storm, US forecasters informed. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
Tourists enjoy the beach in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 21, 2018, where Hurricane Willa is expected to land next October 23. - Hurricane Willa strengthened to category 4 in Pacific waters off the coast of Mexico, becoming 'extremely dangerous' as it slowly approaches the mainland, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
View of waves in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 22, 2018, before the arrival of Hurricane Willa. - Hurricane Willa upgraded to maximum Category 5 storm, US forecasters informed. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
View at the beach in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 21, 2018, where Hurricane Willa is expected to land next October 23. - Hurricane Willa strengthened to category 4 in Pacific waters off the coast of Mexico, becoming 'extremely dangerous' as it slowly approaches the mainland, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
Tourists enjoy the beach in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 21, 2018, where Hurricane Willa is expected to land next October 23. - Hurricane Willa strengthened to category 4 in Pacific waters off the coast of Mexico, becoming 'extremely dangerous' as it slowly approaches the mainland, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
Tourists enjoy the beach in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 21, 2018, where Hurricane Willa is expected to land next October 23. - Hurricane Willa strengthened to category 4 in Pacific waters off the coast of Mexico, becoming 'extremely dangerous' as it slowly approaches the mainland, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
Tourists enjoy the beach in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 21, 2018, where Hurricane Willa is expected to land next October 23. - Hurricane Willa strengthened to category 4 in Pacific waters off the coast of Mexico, becoming 'extremely dangerous' as it slowly approaches the mainland, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
Tourists enjoy the beach in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 21, 2018, where Hurricane Willa is expected to land next October 23. - Hurricane Willa strengthened to category 4 in Pacific waters off the coast of Mexico, becoming 'extremely dangerous' as it slowly approaches the mainland, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
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9:50 a.m.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Willa has grown into a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm on a track toward the Mexican coast south of Mazatlan.

Willa has maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (260 kph), though it's projected to weaken somewhat before hitting land late Tuesday. It is still likely to be an extremely dangerous hurricane when it hits.

It's located about 135 miles (215 kilometers) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes and is heading north at 7 mph (11 kph).

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