A hurricane warning is in effect for the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula from Bahia Magdalena southward on the West Coast and from San Evaristo southward on the East Coast including Cabo San Lucas. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion! At 11:00 am PDT - 18:00 UTC the center of Hurricane Jimena was located by an Air Force Reserve huricane hunter aircraft near latitude 18.1 north longitude 108.9 west or about 340 miles / 545 km south of Cabo San Lucas Mexico.
Jimena is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph / 13 km/hr and a turn toward the north-northwest with a gradual increase in forward speed is expected over the next day or so. On the forecast track Jimena will be approaching the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula on Tuesday.
Reports from the hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph / 240 km/hr with higher gusts. Jimena is an extremely dangerous category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next day or two. Jimena is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 10 inches over the southern half of the Baja California peninsula and portions of western Mexico during the next 2 days with possible isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches. A storm surge along with large and dangerous battering waves will produce significant coastal flooding along the Baja California peninsula.
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