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Cabo San Lucas, East Cape get off easy as Hurricane Jimena moves north

September 2, 2009 |  9:49 am

Wednesday's sunrise at the East Cape, which was not severely affected by Hurricane Jimena.

With Hurricane Jimena now well to the north, the official storm warning has been lifted from the Cabo San Lucas area and most people are discovering how fortunate they were.

(A hurricane warning remains in effect from Agua Blanca to Punta Abreojos on the west coast of Baja California, and from La Paz to Mulege on the east coast of the peninsula.)

"Everything is back to normal, the sea is calm, no wind, no rain, only minor damage like a few trees down," Tracy Ehrenberg, general manager at Pisces Sportfishing, said via e-mail.

The accompanying image was captured Wednesday at sunrise by Mark Rayor, owner of Vista Sea Sport, at the East Cape, 100 miles north of Cabo San Lucas along the Sea of Cortez.

Rayor said the wind never exceeded 25 mph. "I'm not complaining because we've had our share of bad storms," he added. "But on normal bad days we've had stronger winds than this, and the surf pounds as hard."

Rayor is sending a dive boat out Thursday. Cabo San Lucas and East Cape fleets willl send fishing boats out Thursday.

The video, courtesy of Grant Hartman of Baja Anglers, spans the Cabo San Lucas area at different times of day Tuesday, as the storm approached and winds got stronger.

The storm Wednesday morning is about 20 miles west-southwest of Cabo San Lazaro in the Magdalena Bay area. It's supposed to track inland briefly before turning back to the west and re-entering the Pacific as a tropical depression in the Guerrero Negro area.

Unfortunately, it will cause considerable flooding over a vast area.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Wednesday's sunrise at the East Cape, which was not severely affected by Hurricane Jimena. Credit: Mark Rayor

Video courtesy of Baja Anglers