Storms threaten Ca­bos and U.S. East Coast

Times Colonist - - World -

MEXICO CITY — Hur­ri­cane sea­son roared on as Jose threat­ened heavy surf along the U.S. East Coast on Satur­day, Trop­i­cal Storm Norma neared Mexico’s re­sort­stud­ded Baja Cal­i­for­nia Penin­sula, and Trop­i­cal Storm Maria formed in the At­lantic Ocean and was ex­pected to strengthen into a hur­ri­cane, tak­ing aim at some al­ready-bat­tered Caribbean is­lands.

Mean­while, Trop­i­cal Storm Lee formed in the At­lantic and Trop­i­cal Storm Otis in the Pa­cific. Nei­ther threat­ened land.

A trop­i­cal storm warn­ing was in ef­fect for the south­ern tip of Mexico’s Baja Cal­i­for­nia Penin­sula due to Norma, which weak­ened into a trop­i­cal storm on Satur­day, with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 100 kilo­me­tres an hour, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter.

Norma was 335 kilo­me­tres south of Cabo San Lu­cas, with fore­cast­ers say­ing it could ap­proach wa­ters south­west of the penin­sula late to­day or early Mon­day.

The penin­su­lar re­gion that’s home to the twin re­sort cities of Cabo San Lu­cas and San Jose del Cabo was hit about two weeks ago by Trop­i­cal Storm Lidia, which flooded streets and homes and killed at least four peo­ple.

The Baja Cal­i­for­nia Sur gov­ern­ment read­ied storm shel­ters and can­celled classes for Mon­day as well as a planned mil­i­tary pa­rade in the state cap­i­tal, La Paz, amid Mex­i­can In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions.

In the At­lantic, Hur­ri­cane Jose was mov­ing slowly but far from land, gen­er­at­ing pow­er­ful swells that were af­fect­ing coastal ar­eas in Ber­muda, the Ba­hamas, Puerto Rico, His­pan­iola and the U.S. south­east.

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