Hurricane Norma, category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, will continue its trajectory towards the south of the state of Baja California Sur, northwest of the country, and is expected to make landfall on Saturday afternoon near the resort . in Cabo San Lucas, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) of Mexico reported this Friday.
In its latest report, SMN indicated that for Saturday “the center of tropical storm Norma is forecast to make landfall in the afternoon-evening south of Baja California Sur.”
In addition, the event will cause exceptional rainfall (more than 250 mm), strong winds of 120 to 140 km/h and high waves of 6 to 8 meters high on the coasts of entity, and has waves of 1 to 1 to 3 m. the length of the west coast of Baja California.
“Its broad cloud bands will cause occasional showers, strong winds of 90 to 110 km/h and waves 4 to 6 meters high along the coasts of Nayarit and Sinaloa; very heavy rains in Colima , Jalisco and Michoacán, and heavy rains in Chihuahua, Durango and Sonora, as well as wind gusts of 50 to 70 km/h and waves of 2 to 3 m high on the coasts of Colima and Jalisco, and winds of 40 to 60 km / h in Sonora,” the SMN announced.
According to SMN forecasts, the storm could make landfall twice in Mexico, first in Baja California Sur, one of the country’s main tourist spots on Saturday, and then in Sinaloa next week.
The meteorological organization determined that at 9:00 pm (03:00 GMT), Norma was located about 235 kilometers (km) south of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, and 450 km southwest of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, .
The system registered maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (km/h), gusts of 215 km/h and is moving towards the northwest at a speed of 13 km/h.
SMN asks the population of the mentioned states to follow the recommendations of the Civil Protection authorities because the conditions shown may have electric shocks and create landslides, rise in the level of rivers and streams, overflows and flooding areas in the aforementioned states.
In addition, he called on tourists and maritime navigation in the area to be careful against large waves.
He also pointed out that he is monitoring a low pressure area with cyclonic potential located south of the coasts of Chiapas and Oaxaca, which strengthens the potential of rain in the southeast of the country.
Norma arrived after the double blow of typhoons Lidia and Max last week, which left five in total, one in Nayarit, two in Jalisco and two in Guerrero.
In addition, this is the fourteenth named storm this season in the Pacific, where Adrian, Beatriz, Calvin, Dora, Eugene, Fernanda, Greg, Hilary, Irwin, Jova, Kenneth, Lidia and Max have formed before.
Among them, the most damaging was Hilary, which in August left four dead in the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sinaloa, all in northern Mexico.