Hurricane warning issued for southern half of the Baja California area

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Cruise ships are altering their Mexican Riviera itineraries to avoid the southern half of the Baja California area, and hotels are boarding up and stocking extra food and supplies, along with residents, as the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for Hurricane Jimena at 8 a.m. PDT.

If you have scheduled a Mexican Riviera cruise or land-based vacation in the Baja California area, check with your cruise lines, airlines, and/or resort to see how your travel plans may need to be changed.

The warning has been issued for the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula from Bahia Magdalena southward on the West coast, and from San Evaristo southward on the east coast, including Cabo San Lucas. With maximum sustained winds near 145 mph, Hurricane Jimena will be approaching the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula on Tuesday.

According to the National Hurricane Center, A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

Five to 10 inches of rain are expected over the southern half of the Baja California peninsula and portions of western Mexico during the next two days, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches. A storm surge along with large and dangerous battering waves will produce significant coastal flooding.