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Hurricane Jimena now west of Cabo San Lucas, making its presence felt

September 1, 2009 |  8:41 pm

Medano beach

This just in from the National Hurricane Center: Hurricane Jimena is now opposite the Baja California Peninsula, 90 miles west-northwest of Cabo San Lucas.

The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, is traveling to the west-northwest at 13 mph. The center of the storm is expected to make landfall at Magdalena Bay early Wednesday.

I don't have much new information since the last report but L.A. Times correspondent Ken Ellingwood's story on the hurricane has been posted on the company website.

Clearly, wind and rain have become major issues in and around Cabo San Lucas. The accompanying images, captured late Tuesday afternoon, are provided by Glenn Ehrenberg, son of Marco and Tracy Ehrenberg, who run Pisces Sportfishing.

The top photo shows the tidal surge Medano Beach (Playa el Medano), where popular on-the-sand-restaurants such as the Office and Mango Deck enjoy robust business on calmer days. 

Below are some fallen trees, showing how powerful hurricane-force winds can be.

Outposts will attempt to assess the damage in the tourist areas of Baja California Sur on Wednesday morning.

-- Pete Thomas

Cabo trees