Hurricane Lorena approaching Mexico's Los Cabos

Hurricane Lorena approaching Mexico's Los Cabos

Hurricane Lorena spared the resort-studded twin cities of Los Cabos a direct hit and was reduced to a tropical storm Saturday as it headed up the east coast of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.

David Greenholtz was vacationing with his wife and children in Los Cabos, where on Friday Hurricane Lorena made landfall.

Police and soldiers went through low-lying, low-income neighbourhoods in Los Cabos urging people to evacuate. Clouds began to clear Friday evening.

Despite warnings, the storm skirted the ritzy resorts of Los Cabos.

On Friday, residents and tourists in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo hunkered down in homes, shelters and hotels amid warnings of damaging winds, flash floods and life-imperiling surf. Locals who have been through past hurricanes pulled boats from the water and boarded up windows and doors.

The storm doused the Baja California peninsula with strong wind and rain after touching down early Saturday morning, though there were no reports of victims or damages.

Authorities suspended classes for Friday and prepared to use schools as shelters if necessary.

Dozens of trees and electric poles were uprooted, which disrupted power supply in major areas of the affected states.

Colima state governor Jose Ignacio Peralta said almost 8in of rain had fallen in a little under 24 hours, and more than 7,400 acres of crops such as bananas and papayas were damaged statewide.

As it moved along the eastern coast of Baja California Sur, Lorena caused damage in Los Planes, El Sargento, La Ventana and Los Barriles.

The storm is forecast to pass over or near the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula later in the day with heavy winds and soaking rains.

It was on a track that was predicted to carry it near the northern Leeward Islands on Friday and well north of Puerto Rico on Saturday before veering well east-northeast of the Bahamas, away from any land. It was centered about 320 miles (510 kilometers) north of San Juan, Puerto Rico and was moving to the northwest at 14 mph (22 kph).

With maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 kph), Lorena was around 15 miles (25 km) southeast of Cabo Corrientes and moving to the northwest at around 10 mph (17 kph), the Miami-based NHC said in an advisory.

A tropical storm watch was in effect for St. Maarten, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.



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