At 6:00 in La Paz no remote signs of an approaching major storm. occasional sprinkle during the night, temperatures still up. The NOOA report at 500 am PDT/1200 UTC the center of Hurricane Jimena was located near latitude 20.6 north longitude 110.4 west or about 155 miles/250 km south of Cabo San Lucas Mexico and about 315 miles/ 505 km south-southeast of Cabo San Lazaro Mexico. Jimena is moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph 19 km/hr and this general motion is expected to continue during the next day or two. On the forecast track Jimena will be approaching the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula later today and tonight. Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph...250 km/hr with higher gusts. Jimena is a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale...and very near the threshold of category five status. Some fluctuations in strength are likely today and gradual weakening is forecast on Wednesday. However Jimena is expected to remain a major hurricane until landfall.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 45 miles/75 km from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles/220 km. There should be some respite in the news that has been stated by the National Weather Service that the wind speed might plunge for a steep fall somewhat before it strikes the land on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Jimena's track appears to have shifted subtly enough to alleviate concerns of widespread wind-caused damage in Cabo and in fishing villages on the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula, stretching to about La Paz. Estimated minimum central pressure is 931 mb/27.49 inches.
Published on: Sep 1, 2009 @ 5:25
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