Hurricane Lorena threatens Baja resort in Mexico



CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) – Residents and tourists crouched in homes, shelters and hotels as Hurricane Lorena threatened the resort-dotted Baja California peninsula on Friday threatening destructive winds , flash floods and life-threatening waves.

The US National Hurricane Center reported that the eye of the storm was near the southern end of the Baja California Peninsula in the evening, and said Lorena’s future course was “very uncertain.” .

Previously, police and soldiers had passed through low-income and low-income neighborhoods, urging people to evacuate. Residents who have weathered past hurricanes took no chances, pulling boats out of the water and boarding windows and doors.

“If we don’t take the yacht out, the waves can damage it,” said Juan Hernández, who rents his boat to foreign visitors. It is “a preventive measure in the event of a cyclone threat”.

Authorities in Los Cabos said 787 people had taken refuge in 18 storm shelters.

The center of the hurricane said maximum sustained winds from Lorena increased to 85 mph (140 km / h) and its center was about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northeast of Cabo San Lucas. After stalling, it was moving northwest again at 8 km / h.

It set off strong waves earlier in the day at the twin resorts of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. The clouds cleared somewhat in the evening in Los Cabos, and at least a handful of people ventured out onto the beach to view the ocean.

Both cities remained under hurricane warning, although the latest projection of the hurricane center now places them outside the cone of uncertainty about the storm’s path.

Civil defense official Carlos Godínez said on Friday that an American tourist who traveled to Los Cabos beach with his son died after being washed away. The son survived. But Godínez said the death occurred Thursday morning, before beach access was restricted, and was “not necessarily attributable” to Lorena.

A second tropical storm, Mario, was about 345 miles (555 kilometers) south of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula and was blowing sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kilometers). But we didn’t expect it to hit the ground.

The port of Cabo San Lucas has been closed to navigation. Authorities suspended classes for Friday and prepared to use schools as shelters if necessary.

“We are taking preventative measures,” said lvaro de la Peña, secretary general of the Baja California Sur state government. “Rations, gasoline, all supplies are guaranteed. There is no need to panic buying.

The region was on yellow alert and anticipated heavy rains.

“Lorena is going to throw a lot of water,” Godínez said.

Lorena came ashore a day earlier in the form of a hurricane in the Mexican state of Colima, western Mexico, lashing the palm trees with its high winds and lashing the region with rain. It flooded streets, washed away roads and caused small landslides in 10 municipalities. Dozens of trees have been felled and electricity has been cut in some areas.

Colima state governor José Ignacio Peralta said more than 7,400 acres (3,000 hectares) of crops such as bananas and papayas were damaged across the state, but he didn’t there had been no deaths or significant damage to infrastructure.

Lorena’s contact with land caused him to lose strength and became a tropical storm, but he regained his punch as he made his way to Los Cabos.

In the Atlantic, Hurricane Jerry weakened, but was expected to bring heavy rains to the northern Leeward Islands as it passed north.

Its maximum sustained winds were 130 km / h (80 mph) on Friday afternoon. It was centered about 125 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of Anguilla and was moving west-northwest at 17 mph (28 km / h).

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Hurricane Humberto turned into a post-tropical cyclone at sea after ripping roofs, knocking down trees and cutting power in Bermuda as it passed British territory on Wednesday evening. Authorities said the storm caused no deaths.

In Texas and Louisiana, heavy rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda inundated the lowlands and caused at least four deaths.

The National Weather Service said preliminary estimates suggested Jefferson County in Texas received more than 40 inches (3.3 feet) of rain in just 72 hours. That would make it the seventh wettest tropical cyclone in U.S. history.

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