Hurricane Norma hits Mexico coast, then weakens to tropical storm

Excessive winds forward of Hurricane Norma’s arrival in Los Cabos, Baja California State on October 21, 2023 (Joel Cosio)

Hurricane Norma slammed into Mexico’s northwestern coast Saturday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and the specter of flash floods, however was downgraded to a tropical storm by night, authorities mentioned.

The storm got here ashore about 25 kilometers (15 miles) northwest of the resort metropolis of Cabo San Lucas on the Baja California coast, step by step weakening because it approached land.

Norma was shifting northeast at 9 kph, packing winds of as much as 110 kph, the Nationwide Hurricane Heart (NHC) reported at 0000 GMT.

Norma was anticipated to convey rainfall of as much as 45 centimeters (18 inches), producing “flash and concrete flooding, together with mudslides in areas of upper terrain,” the NHC mentioned.

“Heavy rains and flash flooding to proceed via the weekend,” it mentioned.

“Life-threatening surf and rip present circumstances” would have an effect on the coast of southwestern and west-central Mexico and Baja California Sur for the subsequent couple of days.

Fueled by heat Pacific waters, Norma had intensified to a Class 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, and was nonetheless a Class 1 when making landfall, earlier than weakening.

Resort staff in Cabo San Lucas urged visitors to remain indoors till authorities give the all-clear, Gustavo Matamoros, a lodge employee, instructed AFP.

Native authorities say about 60,000 vacationers are staying within the space, most of them worldwide guests.

Footage from Milenio TV confirmed flooded streets as Norma arrived. No casualties have been reported by authorities.

Norma ought to proceed to weaken because it strikes throughout the Baja California Peninsula towards the west coast of Mexico on Sunday.

Two individuals died final week when Hurricane Lidia struck the western states of Jalisco and Nayarit.

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