Norma aims for Los Ca­bos

Cities un­der trop­i­cal storm warn­ing; José, Lee await in At­lantic

The Dallas Morning News - - World - Peter Orsi, The Associated Press

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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