Near category five Jimena closes in on Baja California

August 31, 2:48 PMSan Jose Weather ExaminerRob Mayeda

Hurricane warnings continue for southern Baja California as Hurricane Jimena approaches from the south.

Thanks to data gathered by one of NOAA’s “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft JImena appears to be slightly stronger than satellite imagery had suggested.  Jimena’s sustained winds midday Monday approached 155 mph, just shy of going to category five on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

While Jimena is expected to weaken slightly as it nears the Baja peninsula, the forecast still projects Jimena to be at least a category three hurricane as it move just to the west of Cabo San Lucas and maintain hurricane intensity for 24-36 hours as it moves over Baja California.  The potential for storm surge, wind and flooding rains may be enhanced due to the slow movement with the storm.  Jimena is still nudging northwestward at only 10 mph.

Tropical storm force winds may begin arriving early Tuesday, followed by hurricane force winds by the evening on Tuesday on the southern coast.  The storm should weaken to a tropical storm by Thursday due to interaction with the baja landmass, and is expected to possibly emerge over the Gulf of California as a weak tropical storm.

Jimena may continue drifting northward and bring locally heavy rains as a tropical depression into northwestern Mexico, southeastern California and southern Arizona.

2 Responses to “Near category five Jimena closes in on Baja California”

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  2. mmweather Says:

    Hurricane stronger, heads for Mexico’s Los Cabos
    By MARK STEVENSON (AP)
    LOS CABOS, Mexico — Extremely dangerous Hurricane Jimena roared toward Mexico’s resort-studded Baja California Peninsula on Monday, prompting emergency workers to set up makeshift shelters and chasing away an international finance conference.
    Jimena is just short of Category 5 status — the top danger rating for a hurricane — and could rake the harsh desert region fringed with picturesque beaches and fishing villages as a major storm by Tuesday evening, forecasters said. Heavy bands of intermittent rain moved across the resort town of Los Cabos on Monday evening.
    Workers at the Cabo San Lucas marina nailed sheets of plywood on storefront windows while fishermen secured their boats ahead of Jimena, which was packing winds near 155 mph (250 kph). Hotels and restaurants gathered up umbrellas, tables, chairs, and anything else that might be blown away.
    At least 10,000 families were ordered to evacuate their homes in low-lying areas and shantytowns, said Apolinar Ledezma, the municipal public safety director.
    The government said it would send out 200 military personnel and dozens of police in trucks to help people reach dozens of shelters. Authorities warned that those who refuse to evacuate would be forced to do so.
    “We are going to start by inviting people to leave … the moment will come when we will have to make it obligatory,” said Garibaldo Romero, interior secretary for the municipal government.
    After official hurricane warnings were broadcast, organizers of an international financial meeting scheduled for Cabo San Lucas this week decided to move their conference — including more than 170 representatives from 54 countries — to Mexico City.
    “The meeting has been planned for two months and the meteorological conditions, by their very nature, are unpredictable,” said Anthony Gooch, spokesman for the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information, sponsored by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
    Brenda Munoz, who lost her home to a 2001 hurricane, was taking no chances.
    “I remember when Hurricane Juliette hit with a lot of intensity. It flattened our home,” Munoz said in the vacation town of Cabo San Lucas. This time, she said, “We’re already prepared with food and everything so it won’t catch us off guard.”
    As rain started falling Monday morning, Mitch Williams of Orange County, California, waited at the airport to fly home from his vacation.
    “The hurricane can do a lot of damage if it hits at that strength,” he said.
    Williams said poorer residents who live in shacks are not well prepared. “It will wipe them out,” he said. His advice for tourists was simple: “Get out.”
    But on Cabos’ famous beaches, some tourists were doing just the opposite, jumping into the Pacific to play in the hurricane’s big waves.
    The local hotel association estimated that 7,000 tourists were left in Los Cabos. Hotels had a 25 percent occupancy rate, according to the association.
    Although city officials shut down the port, lifeguard Roman Dominguez with the Cabo San Lucas Fire Department said there’s no feasible way to close a beach.
    “We struggle a lot with surfers,” he said. “They’re looking for waves.”
    Lifeguards perched in a tower looked on Monday as two women, one with her boogie board, another on a surf board, paddled into pounding surf under cloudy skies.
    Clay Hurst, 52, a fencing contractor from Malibu, California, and Ben Saltzman, 28, an emergency medical technician from Pacific Palisades, California, emerged from a swim in the 10-to-12-foot (3-to-4-meter) waves and pounding surf.
    “We are waiting anxiously, wanting to be right in the middle of it,” said Hurst, who said he has never seen a hurricane as powerful as Jimena.
    “We were advised to leave, but we want to be here,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to be in one … a real bad one.”
    Saltzman echoed his friend’s enthusiasm: “It’s an adrenaline rush,” he said.
    But Cabos San Lucas fishing boat captain Eleazar Unzon, a 30-year veteran of these waters, was more cautious.
    “This is causing a lot of fear and concern,” said Unzon, 58, as he and helpers pulled the 33-foot (10-meter) fishing boat “Alejandra” onto a trailer. “We’re getting the boat out of the water before it hits, so we can rest easy at home.”
    Unzon acknowledged that big storms do have some benefits — he notes that they bring in the “big fish” coveted by sports fishermen such as marlin — but said, “I’m not going to expose my livelihood.”
    Tim Donnelly, 57, a boat captain originally from Washington, D.C., sat dockside after tying down the 105-foot (32-meter), two-masted wooden schooner “Sunderland,” saying he expected the 140-year-old wooden boat to ride out the storm.
    “We’ve never been hit by a storm of this category,” he said. “I’ll be shocked if we don’t have any problems.”
    Farther south, Jimena kicked up surf along Mexico’s mainland western coast and generated strong winds that bent and uprooted trees in the resort town of Zihuatanejo. Authorities in other mainland towns were setting up shelters as a preventive measure.
    On Monday evening, Jimena was a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds near 155 mph (250 kph) and was moving northwest near 10 mph (17 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported. It was centered about 285 miles (460 kilometers) south of Cabo San Lucas.
    Hurricanes reach Category 5 at 156 mph (250 kph).

    Farther out in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Kevin weakened to a tropical depression with top winds of 35 mph (55 kph). It was centered 845 miles (1,355 kilometers) west-southwest of the Baja peninsula’s southern tip.
    (This version CORRECTS metric conversion of hurricane’s speed)


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