October 11, 2008

Hurricane Nobert Crossing Baja California

Hurricane Norbert, with sustained winds of near 105 mph, Saturday was crossing into Baja California and Mexico's west coast, forecasters said.

At 11 a.m. Pacific Time, Norbert, classified as a Category 2 hurricane, was bearing down on the resorts and small towns of Baja California with the mainland area around Ciudad Obregon also included in the hurricane warning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. The storm, centered about 55 miles east-southeast of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico, and about 75 miles west-northwest of La Paz, Mexico, was moving to the northeast at about 15 mph, the center said.

Some weakening was expected as Norbert crossed land but remain a hurricane, forecasters said. Norbert was expected to drop 4-6 inches of rain over large areas, with up to 10 inches possible, producing life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, they said.

The storm surge was expected to push tides 3-6 fee above normal.

A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch was posted for the popular Cabo San Lucas resort area of Baja California.

Norbert's core was expected to move across southern Baja California Saturday afternoon, move across the Gulf of California and make a mainland landfall by the evening.