The Latest: Mexican state tells shops to shut ahead of Willa

The Latest: Mexican state tells shops to shut ahead of Willa
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)

MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Willa (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

Officials in the state of Nayarit along Mexico’s Pacific coast have ordered all shops and businesses in six municipalities closed ahead of the expected landfall of Hurricane Willa.

The state government’s Facebook page on Tuesday says all commercial activity there must close. The fire department asked citizens to stay home, away from windows and keep calm.

Part of the hurricane warning area is in Nayarit. Willa has weakened from Category 5 strength to Category 3. But it’s still threatening to cause widespread damage when it hits later Tuesday.