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Norma Becomes Hurricane, Threatens Baja California


FILE - Tourists walk along the streets of the town of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, May 2, 2017.

Tropical Storm Norma became a hurricane Friday evening as it barreled toward the southernmost reaches of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Saturday morning the NHC issued a tropical storm warning for the southern Baja California peninsula.

At 0300 GMT, Norma was 270 miles (435 km) south of Cabo San Lucas and moving north north-west at 2 miles per hour (4 km/h), the Miami-based NHC said. The Category 1 storm was blowing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (121 km/h), the center said.

“Norma has been nearly stationary, but a slow northward motion should begin later today and continue through Sunday,” the center said in an advisory.

Norma was expected to strengthen somewhat during the next couple of days, the NHC said.

According to the NHC forecasts, Norma could hit southern parts of Baja California near to its popular tourist resorts by Monday, when it is projected to be weakening again.

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