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Angry Jimena Barreling Toward Baja

Batten down the hatches, Jimena is heading inshore – and she appears to be in a very bad mood.

© 2009 NOAA

More often than not, strong Eastern Pacific storms and hurricanes threaten the Mexican mainland and Baja Peninsula, but veer offshore or diminish in strength before inflicting much damage. It could be a different story with Hurricane Jimena, however, which is now slowly advancing toward Cabo San Lucas, packing sustained winds of 127 knots (145 mph), and gusts reported up to 155 knots (172 mph)!

Thankfully, this graphic is just a simulation. With any luck, Jimena will take a flyer away from the coast.


If the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s three-day prediction simulation is correct, hurricane-force winds could lash lower Baja by mid-day tomorrow. Historically, however, wind strengths generally diminish substantially as they approach or cross land masses. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that this monster hangs a sharp left soon.

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