Storm Weakens To Category 2

09.02.09 | FL News Team

Hurricane Jimena [[ he-MEN-ah ]] has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm after slamming Mexico's Baja California peninsula with dangerous winds and torrential rain. Tourists took refuge in boarded-up hotels as the then-Category Three storm soaked the Los Cablos resort area with sheets of rain. Families, hotel workers and builders huddled in makeshift shelters set up in schools after five-thousand people were evacuated. The torrential rain flooded main roads, turned some streets into muddy rivers and caused a sewage system in the town of San Jose del Cabo to overflow.

 

The National Hurricane Center says the storm weakened as as it hit land but hurricane warnings remain in effect for the northern part of the peninsula. The Hurricane Center says Jimena is now a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 miles per hour. At its peak, Jimena was an extremely dangerous Category 4. The Hurricane is located about 65 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lazaro and moving to the north-northwest at 13 miles per hour.