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Hurricane Jimena approaches Mexico

Tonight NZT Hurricane Jimena was located west-northwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Maximum sustained winds have lowered to near 180km/h, which is still very strong, making Jimena a low-end category 3 hurricane. Jimena should continue to gradually as it interacts with land and with cooler waters off the western Baja coast.

Jimena is moving to the north-northwest; this motion is expected to continue. Jimena is expected to approach the southern coast of the Baja Peninsula by Wednesday, and be near or over the central Baja Peninsula Wednesday night or early Thursday. The worst wind and rain will miss Cabo San Lucas, although damaging wind and torrential rains are still expected.

Only two major hurricanes have hit Baja California directly, Hurricane Kiko on August 27, 1989 and Hurricane Olivia on October 14, 1967.

The hurricane warning is in effect on both coasts of the Baja Peninsula and now stretches from Punta Abreojos on the West Coast around the southern tip of the peninsula and north to Mulege on the East Coast (this includes Cabo San Lucas). A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area within 24 hours.

A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch is in effect farther north along the Baja Peninsula from Punta Abreojos to Punta Eugenia on the West Coast and from Mulege to Bahia San Juan Bautista on the East Coast. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours, and a tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 24 hours somewhere within the warned area.

Tropical storm watches are also in effect for the West Coast of Mainland Mexico from Altata to Baha Kino. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 36 hours.

Residents and visitors of southern half of Baja California should be finishing their preparations for a major hurricane. A dangerous storm surge, damaging winds, battering waves and heavy, flooding rains are all possible.

Impacts from Jimena will be felt along mainland Mexico as well. Dangerous rip currents, large and battering waves and heavy, flooding rainfall are expected.

The waves and rip currents are occurring from Manzanillo northward, while the heaviest rain should fall from Mazatlan north.

Flash flooding and landslides are most likely over the mountains.



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