>> They are boarding up and bracing for the worst in Puerto Vallarta as life threatening Hurricane Willa moves ever closer from over the Pacific Ocean. The category four hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour is expected to hit Southwest Mexico Tuesday afternoon. Reuter's correspondent, David Alire Garcia is in Mazatlan.
>> The authorities have shut down the beach right now, it's in a red flag mode right now. There is no one here on the beach, people earlier this morning were walking around. There was some joggers, but as you can see the waves are getting stronger, we are just a few hours before Hurricane Willa makes landfall and things are expected to get a lot wetter and a lot more windy.
>> Thousands of people have been evacuated but hopes are high.>> People are getting ready now. Just like when Hurricane Patricia was coming in 2015. Fortunately it never came. We're hoping for the same tactics for everyone to get ready so that it won't come.>> Forecasted to be one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the Pacific Coast of Mexico in recent years.
Willa is expected to strike some of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and
all lying in Willa's path. Up to 18 inches of rain are forecast, with community leaders also warning of widespread power outages, and destruction.