Hurricane Nora nears Mexico
Southwestern U.S. set for heavy rain
September 24, 1997
Web posted at: 8:04 p.m. EDT (2004 GMT)
BAJA CALIFORNIA, Mexico (CNN) -- Slowing but still a threat,
Hurricane Nora spun toward the middle of Mexico's Baja
California peninsula on Wednesday, lashing the coastline with
heavy rain and strong winds. There was a potential for
flooding in portions of the southwestern United States
unaccustomed to such weather.
The National Hurricane Center said Nora, on its present
northward track, would continue to weaken as it crossed the
peninsula Thursday and entered the Gulf of California before
heading northward toward Arizona.
|Time||5 p.m. PDT |
|Location||About 140 miles (225 km) S of Punta Eugenia, on the West coast of Baja California|
|Lat./Lon.||25.7 N latitude, 114.8 W longitude|
|Winds||near 85 mph (140 kph) with higher gusts|
|Speed||North near 15 mph (24 kph)|
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Forecasters said it was possible Nora would be downgraded to
a tropical storm by the time it hit land or shortly
afterward, but heavy rain remained a threat for coastal and
"We're going to get a lot of flooding and probably some wind
damage," said Yuma's Emergency Management Director Cristina
Herrera. Average rainfall there is 2 and 1/2 inches a year.
Yuma, which is 70 miles north of the Gulf of California,
could get more than 5 inches of rain from Nora, forecasters
In preparation for possible flooding, Herrera said residents
in the city of 55,000 were filling thousands of sandbags.
California, too, may be at risk. The state, which was
threatened earlier this month by Hurricane Linda, has never
been hit by a hurricane.
Hurricane-force winds from Nora extended outward up to 85
miles from the eye, and tropical storm-force winds extended
up to 200 miles.
Mexican authorities declared a hurricane warning for the
upper half of the peninsula and a coastal flood warning for
much of the northern mainland.
Early Wednesday, while its center was well at sea, the
hurricane veered past the base of the peninsula. Still, the
outer reaches were strong enough to batter Cabo San Lucas and
other tourist towns.
CNN affiliate KTVK in Yuma contributed to this report.