New trop­i­cal sys­tems con­tinue to threaten.

Hur­ri­canes, other storm sys­tems con­tinue to threaten At­lantic and Pa­cific.

The Citizens' Voice - - FRONT PAGE - BY PETER ORSI

MEX­ICO CITY — Hur­ri­cane sea­son roared on as Norma edged to­ward Mex­ico’s re­sort-stud­ded Baja Cal­i­for­nia Penin­sula on Satur­day, Jose threat­ened heavy surf along the U.S. East Coast and Trop­i­cal Storm Lee formed in the At­lantic far from land.

Mean­while a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion formed in the At­lantic that threat­ened to gain force and head in the di­rec­tion of Caribbean is­lands al­ready rav­aged by Hur­ri­cane Irma.

A trop­i­cal storm warn­ing was in ef­fect for the south­ern tip of the Baja Cal­i­for­nia Penin­sula due to Norma, which the U.S. Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter re­ported had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 75 mph, just above the min­i­mum thresh­old for a Cat­e­gory 1 hur­ri­cane.

The storm was 240 miles south of Cabo San Lu­cas and mov­ing north at 2 mph, 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 can­celed 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 far from land but gen­er­at­ing pow­er­ful swells that the cen­ter said were af­fect­ing coastal ar­eas in Ber­muda, the Ba­hamas, Puerto Rico, His­pan­iola and the U.S. south­east.

The cen­ter added that trop­i­cal storm watches were pos­si­ble for the U.S. East Coast and ad­vised peo­ple from North Carolina to New Eng­land to mon­i­tor Jose’s progress.

The hur­ri­cane had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 80 mph. It was lo­cated about 480 miles south-south­east of Cape Hat­teras, North Carolina, and was head­ing north­west at 9 mph.

Also Satur­day, Trop­i­cal Storm Lee formed in the east­ern At­lantic with sus­tained winds of 40 mph. The storm was about 655 miles west of the Cape Verde Is­lands and posed no im­me­di­ate threat to land. Lit­tle change in strength was fore­cast over the next cou­ple of days as it heads to­ward the west.

To the west, an­other sys­tem prompted trop­i­cal storm watches for a por­tion of the Lesser An­tilles and was fore­casted to strengthen and brush by is­lands that were re­cently wrecked by Irma.


A satel­lite im­age taken Satur­day at 2:45 p.m. shows trop­i­cal weather sys­tems Hur­ri­cane Norma, left, on the Pa­cific Ocean side of Mex­ico; Hur­ri­cane Jose, cen­ter, east of Florida; Trop­i­cal De­pres­sion 15, se­cond from right, north of South Amer­ica; and Trop­i­cal Storm Lee, right, north of east­ern Brazil.


Peo­ple walk dur­ing a down­pour Thurs­day on a flooded street in Aca­pulco, Mex­ico.

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