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Cabo San Lucas area begins to feel impact of Hurricane Jimena

September 1, 2009 |  9:06 am

Waves generated by Hurricane Jimena crash beyond Cabo Falso on the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula. 

At 8 a.m. today, the center of Hurricane Jimena, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, was  140 miles south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas and churning toward the Baja California peninsula at about 12 mph.

The accompanying image was captured just after 8 a.m. from the area of the old lighthouse at Cabo Falso on the Pacific side of the peninsula north of Cabo San Lucas.

Rain comes and goes and wave heights are steadily increasing. Cabo San Lucas is no longer in the projected path of the hurricane. Neither are any of the towns and fishing resorts along the Sea of Cortez to and slightly beyond La Paz.

The center of the storm is predicted to brush Magdalena Bay on the Pacific side early Wednesday and make landfall north of that port city later in the day.

The Mexican government has extended a hurricane warning northward on the Pacific side of the peninsula from Cabo San Lucas to Punta Abreojos, and along the gulf side to Mulege.

Rainfall is expected to total  between 5 to 10 inches in most areas and possibly 15 inches in isolated areas, according to the National Hurricane Center

Jimena has subtly changed course a few times over the past few days. Outposts will provide updates as warranted.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Waves generated by Hurricane Jimena crash beyond Cabo Falso on the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula. Credit: Glenn Ehrenberg

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