Hurricane “Norma” has been downgraded to category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, but will continue its path towards the south of the state of Baja California Sur and is expected to make landfall near Cabo San Lucas between 8:00 am and 10:00 am: 00. am:00 hours causing strong wind and rain.
Through a statement, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) reports that Hurricane “Norma” will also cause heavy rains in Sinaloa and Nayarit and very heavy rains in Jalisco, Colima, and Michoacán.
Similarly, the SMN predicts that the category 2 typhoon will have wind gusts of 120 to 140 kilometers per hour and possible formation of waterspouts and waves of 7 to 9 meters high on the coast of Baja California Sur.
“Prevention zone for the effects of the typhoon is maintained from Todos Santos to Los Barriles, Baja California Sur; prevention zone for the effects of a tropical storm from the north of Los Barriles to San Evaristo; from north of Todos Santos to Santa Fe; also from Topolobampo, Sinaloa, to Mazatlán,” the statement read.
For its part, the National Coordination of Civil Protection reported that due to the arrival of the typhoon, the cities of La Paz and Los Cabos are on red alert, so residents are asked to take shelter in their homes or safe places and listen to all emergencies.
Also, he reported that there is an orange alert for the center of Baja California Sur; center, south, north, center-south, and center-north of Sinaloa, so the agency asks residents to always be alert to the effects of the storm, evacuate their homes in case of danger, cut gas and electricity supplies.
A yellow alert has also been activated for the north of Baja California Sur; southern Chihuahua; west of Durango asking citizens to prepare for the passage of “Norma”.
Last Friday, the authorities of Baja California Sur ordered during the session of the Council of Civil Protection of the State to suspend classes at all levels of public and private education in the cities of Los Cabos and La Paz, as well as the approval of state residences before the passing of Hurricane “Norma”.
Juan Manuel Arce Ortega, National Deputy Director of Emergency Assistance, stated that it is important to take actions that help the evacuation.
“What will we do if the event stops for two days in front of Cabo San Lucas? The most likely thing is that all these people will suffer very strong effects, we should make public calls, indicating which shelters they should go to,” he said.