Hurricane Olaf Batters Baja California

Mexican authorities said that Hurricane Olaf pummeled Mexico’s Baja peninsula as it blew stronger winds and heavy rains on Thursday, September 9.

The National Hurricane Center said in a statement that Hurricane Olaf hit land near San Jose del Cabo at 10:00 p.m. and blew maximum sustained winds at 100 mph (155 kph). The hurricane warning extended over Baja California Sur Mexico from Los Barriles to Cabo San Lazaro. The NHC also warned about dangerous flash floods and mudslides with 5 to 10 inches of rainfall in some areas.

Federal water commission CONAGUA released a statement saying that Olaf might scale up to Category 2 overnight. 

Authorities announced uprooted trees and power interruptions in Los Cabos and that evacuation efforts are ongoing in vulnerable areas. Hotel guests from Baja’s tourist destinations have been given the choice to check out in advance, and some tourists have already canceled their flights to the area. 

NHC announced that Olaf was expected to move northwest on Friday, turn west at night, and move southwest by Saturday evening. It is anticipated to ease up as it moves over land. 

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