MORE NASTY WEATHER

Hur­ri­cane sea­son roars on as storms threaten the At­lantic and Pa­cific coasts.

The Times-Tribune - - Front Page - BY PETER ORSI

MEX­ICO CITY — Hur­ri­cane sea­son roared on as Jose threat­ened heavy surf along the U.S. East Coast Satur­day, Trop­i­cal Storm Norma neared Mex­ico’s re­sort-stud­ded 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 Satur­day, with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 65 mph, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter.

Norma was 210 miles south of Cabo San Lu­cas and mov­ing north at 3 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 485 miles south-south­east of Cape Hat­teras, North Carolina, and was head­ing north at 6 mph.

The hur­ri­cane cen­ter said Trop­i­cal Storm Maria formed and is ex­pected to strengthen, prompt­ing hur­ri­cane watches for Guade­loupe, An­tigua, Bar­buda, St. Kitts, Ne­vis, and Montser­rat — some of which were dev­as­tated by Hur­ri­cane Irma.

The hur­ri­cane cen­ter said Maria is about 590 miles east-south­east of the Lesser An­tilles. It had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 50 mph and was head­ing west at 10 mph. It should ap­proach the Lee­ward Is­lands on Mon­day.

NOAA-NASA GOES PROJECT VIA AP

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.

BERNANDINO HER­NAN­DEZ / ASSOCIATED PRESS

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

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