Hurricane Norma edges toward Baja California Peninsula, Jose threatens US East Coast

Hurricane Norma edges toward Baja California Peninsula, Jose threatens US East Coast

Storm Norma became a hurricane on Friday evening as it barreled towards the southernmost reaches of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

In a 11 a.m. Saturday advisory, , the NHC said the center of the storm was located 70 miles east-northeast of Socorro Island and 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas.

As of 1 pm Eastern Time (1800 GMT), the storm was some 240 miles (385 kilometers) south of Los Cabos, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (125 kilometers) per hour and pushing north at two miles (four kilometers) an hour. It was expected to strengthen in coming days the NHC said. As it heads north, the storm's center could draw closer to Baja California Sur or head west of the peninsula, the NHC said.

To the west, another disturbance prompted tropical storm watches for a portion of the Lesser Antilles.

In the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose was far from land but generating powerful swells that the center said were affecting coastal areas in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the US southeast. The system is about 755 miles east of the area, and the governments of St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe have issued watches.

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