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Holidaymakers fleeing hurricane Jimena

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Fearing one of the biggest storms ever to hit the Baja region of Mexico, holidaymakers were packing up and getting out yesterday before Hurricane Jimena was expected to make landfall. Winds were recorded at 145 mph making it a category 4 hurricane. Every flight out of the area has been completely booked.

The Los Cabos resort area, famous for its opulent mansions, five star hotels, and many golf resorts is braced for the storm with windows boarded up and remaining tourists huddled into shelters. The area is a favorite with the Hollywood rich and famous.

Fortunately, overnight the storm weakened quite a bit and wind speed is now down to 105 mph and it’s been downgraded to category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Hurricane force winds extend outward as much as 50 miles.
It is still considered dangerous and as much as 10 inches of rain is forecast.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami is warning of possible flash floods and mudslides in the area.

The Mexican government has set up shelters in schools and other sturdy public buildings to accommodate those tourists who could not make it out. All flights have been cancelled as of this afternoon as the hurricane moves closer.