Hurricane Norma Weakens Slightly On A Path Toward Los Cabos In Mexico


Hurricane Norma strengthened little but remained a powerful storm on Thursday as it made a U-turn off the Pacific coast of Mexico, with the goal of approaching Los Cabos, located at the southernmost point of the Baja California Peninsula, by Saturday.

Norma was located approximately 345 miles (555 kilometers) south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas and had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At 7 mph (11 kph), the Category 3 storm was heading north.

A Hurricane alert was sent out for the southernmost point of the Baja California Peninsula, however a little detour from the predicted path would send a weaker Norma toward the western Pacific coast of the Mexican mainland.

The state administration of Baja California Sur canceled certain classes and, as a precaution, the Pacific Coast port of Manzanillo was closed to small ships.

As it got closer to shore on Friday and into the weekend, Norma was predicted to start losing strength. It was still unknown if the storm would land close to Los Cabos, which are the twin resorts of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, or if it would miss its target and strike the state of Sinaloa in eastern Mexico.

Norma’s forecast was difficult, according to hurricane expert John Cangialosi of the US National Hurricane Center. It was predicted that the storm would keep heading north through Saturday before slowing down to a crawl and “sort of hanging out near the southern portion of the Baja California Peninsula.”

Significant gusts and heavy rain were the fears, he said, especially if the storm delayed instead of moving fast.

Tropical Storm Tammy was located in the Atlantic, 165 miles (305 kilometers) east-northeast of Barbados, a Caribbean island, and was traveling 10 mph (16 kph) west-northwest. Tammy reached wind speeds of up to 60 mph (95 kph). For Guadeloupe, a French overseas department, where the storm is predicted to arrive around Saturday, a hurricane watch was in place.

Tammy was expected to progressively intensify as it approached the Leeward Islands this weekend, and by the time it reaches Guadeloupe, Antigua, and Barbuda on Saturday, it might have reached hurricane strength.

The islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Maarten, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy were also under a hurricane watch.