The government of Mexico has discontinued all watches and warnings for the West Coast of the Baja California peninsula south of Bahia Magdalena for the East Coast of the Baja California peninsula south of San Evaristo and for Mainland of Mexico south of Huatabampito. Two fishing boats were torn away at the tiny port of San Carlos, residents said. One crashed into the dock and broke it and the other sank. Telephone poles and corrugated iron warehouses in the town were knocked over. Downgraded to the lowest Category One hurricane as she made landfall, Jimena still packed a serious punch, bringing torrential rains and winds upwards of 90 miles per hour (150 kilometers per hour). Residents of Ciudad Constitucion, further inland, surveyed damage to their homes after fleeing in the middle of the night. Police said there were no casualties.
At 200 PM PDT/2100 UTC the center of Hurricane Jimena was located near latitude 26.4 north, longitude 112.3 west or just southeast of San Buenaventura Mexico. This position is also about about 60 miles/100 km south of Santa Rosalia Mexico. Jimena is moving toward the north near 13 mph/20 km/hr. A turn toward the northwest and a decrease in forward speed is expected tonight with a turn toward the west expected on Thursday. On the forecast track the center of Jimena will move over the central Baja California peninsula tonight and Thursday then move into the Pacific west of Baja California late Thursday or Thursday night. During the past few hours the center of Jimena made landfall between Puerto San Andresito and San Juanico Mexico.
Visit Todos Santos BCS / Hacienda Cerritos for more images and a hurricane video. Across the region, the local hotel association estimated that some 7,000 tourists would have left or been evacuated by the time the storm arrived. An estimated 2,000 tourists, many of them American, fled the resort strip at the southern tip of Baja as Jimena approached and the beaches, ports and the airport were all closed to the public on Wednesday.
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