Hurricane Norma has gained strength as it heads towards Mexico. It carries winds of over 200 kilometers per hour. Five-meter waves are possible on the coast. More than 6,600 soldiers were put on alert.
On Thursday evening Polish time, Hurricane Norma was located approximately 390 kilometers from the Baja California Peninsula on the west coast of Mexico. It is already the fourth category on a five-point ascending scale. The element generates wind gusts of 209 kilometers per hour. According to forecasts, the element will reach land on Saturday, but by then the wind will probably decrease.
As stated in a statement by the US National Hurricane Center, “the hurricane will likely approach its peak intensity.” As one previous report said, “there is greater than usual uncertainty in the trajectory and rainfall intensity forecasts for Hurricane Norma.”
Five-meter waves and waterspouts possible
The element is expected to hit the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, where the popular resorts of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are located.
Heavy rainfall is expected in much of northwestern Mexico, and winds of up to 100 km/h, waves up to five meters high and waterspouts are expected on the coast.
Thousands of soldiers on standby
As a powerful hurricane approaches, the Mexican government has activated a national emergency plan led by the army. More than 6,600 soldiers were put on alert.
Last week, western Mexico was hit by the powerful Hurricane Lidia, which killed two people in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit.
NHC, NOAA, Reuters, Forbes Mexico, Infobae, ABC News, PAP
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