September 3rd, 2009

Update: Hurricane Jimena

Posted at 2:00 PM ET

small-hurricane-jimenaHurricane Jimena is located around 35 miles (55 kilometers) northwest of Santa Rosalia in Mexico following two landfalls in the Baja California Peninsula over the past 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to around 50 mph (85 kmph) and the storm is expected to weaken to a depression tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Jimena first made landfall when it clipped the west coast of the Baja California Peninsula, near Cabo San Lazaro, on 2 September as a category 2 hurricane. It then re-entered the Pacific before making its second landfall just southeast of San Buenaventura, a sparsely populated region in central Baja California.

Jimena hit towns in Baja California with heavy rain and powerful winds as it made its way up the peninsula. Some coastal towns along the western coast of Baja California were hit by hurricane-force winds but the region in general is sparsely populated and there have been no reports of major damage. The storm’s impact was also limited as Jimena avoided a direct hit with the high-end tourist resorts in southern Baja California.

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Some minor damage has been reported in small towns near the landfalling areas. Reports said strong winds downed dozens of trees and lamp posts in Loreto. Puerto San Carlos was also hit by strong winds that destroyed dozens of houses, caused power outages and downed trees and billboards. Reports said hurricane-force winds caused roof damage in the nearby farming town of Ciudad Constitucion, forcing some residents to evacuate their homes.

Earlier, Jimena brought powerful winds and heavy rain to southern resort towns at the southern tip of Baja California as it skirted the peninsula. The Mexican government declared a state of emergency for Los Cabos and the state capital of La Paz as the storm approached. Schools, many ports and most businesses were closed and around 5,000 people were evacuated. The region was not affected by hurricane-force winds but it did experience tropical storm-force winds. Authorities reported no injuries or major damage in Los Cabos or La Paz and disruption was limited to power outages and flooded roads. There were no immediate reports of significant damage to property, the head of civil protection said.

Sources: National Hurricane Center, WSI, Associated Press, Agence France Presse

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Sources: National Hurricane Center, WSI, Associated Press, Agence France Presse, Reuters News

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