Norma aims for Los Cabos
Cities under tropical storm warning; José, Lee await in Atlantic
MEXICO CITY — Hurricane season roared on Saturday as Tropical Storm Norma threatened resort towns on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, Hurricane José sent heavy surf to the U.S. East Coast, and Tropical Storm Maria formed in the Atlantic. It was expected to strengthen into a hurricane and take aim at 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 the Baja California Peninsula because of Norma, which the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported had weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm on Saturday, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.
Norma was 210 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, with forecasters saying it could approach waters southwest of the peninsula late Sunday or early Monday.
The peninsula, home to the twin resort cities of Cabo San Lucas and San José 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 prepared storm shelters and canceled classes for Monday as well as a planned military parade in the state capital, La Paz, as part of Mexican Independence Day celebrations.
In the Atlantic, Hurricane José was far from land but generating powerful swells that were affecting coastal areas in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the U.S. southeast, the National Hurricane Center said. The center advised people from North Carolina to New England to monitor José’s progress.
Tropical Storm Maria formed in the Atlantic and was expected to strengthen, prompting hurricane watches for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat — some of which were devastated just days ago by Hurricane Irma.
The World Meteorological Organization releases separate lists for named storms that form in the Atlantic and Pacific. Atlantic storm names this year include Harvey, Irma, José, Katia, Lee and Maria. Pacific storm names include Lidia, Max, Norma and Otis.
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