At 5:00 am PDT/12:00 UTC the center of Hurricane Jimena was located near latitude 24.5 north/longitude 112.1 west or about 30 miles/50 km south of Cabo San Lazaro Mexico. Jimena is moving toward the north-northwest near 13 mph/20 km/hr and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next 24 to 36 hours. On this course the core of Jimena will be near or just offshore the West Coast of the southern Baja California peninsula today and near or over the central Baja California peninsula on Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph 165 km/hr with higher gusts. Jimena is a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Weakening is forecast during the next 24 hours but Jimena is still forecast to be a hurricane when it moves inland. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 50 miles/85 km from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles/220 km. Estimated minimum central pressure is 970 mb/28.64 inches. To compare; Local officials say Hurricane Juliet, a Category 4 hurricane on a similar course that killed several people and caused $20.5 million in September 2001, was the most damaging hurricane in storm-prone Baja's history.
That 145-mph (230 kph) storm made a raging 12-day trip through Mexico and the southern United States. The short click above shows the track of hurricane Jimena as recorded by NASA GOES project from 08.31.2009 to 09.02.2009 14:45UTC
Published on: Sep 2, 2009 @ 5:02
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