Norma increases again to a Category 3 hurricane and heads for Cabo San Lucas in Mexico

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Mexico City, Oct 20 (EFE).- Hurricane Norma once again increased its category to 3 this Friday and is heading towards the resort of Cabo San Lucas, on the Baja California peninsula, northwest of Mexico, reported the National Meteorological Service ( SMN).

The cyclone, which formed on Tuesday as a tropical storm, in the last 24 hours has gone from category 1 to 4 hurricane, although for the longest time it has moved between category 2 and 3.

In its most recent report, the SMN specified that at 1:40 p.m. (19:40 GMT), the winds caused by Norma intensified again until reaching sustained maximums of 195 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gusts of 240 km/h "for which is classified as a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

"Its center was located approximately 335 kilometers (km) south of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, and 425 km west of Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, and it is moving north-northwest at 13 km/h.

According to forecasts, the cyclone could make landfall twice in Mexico, first in Baja California Sur, one of the main tourist areas of the country between Saturday and Sunday, and then in Sinaloa next week, according to the Mexican Government alerted on Thursday.

The report indicated that Norma's cloud bands will maintain the conditions for generating torrential rains (150 to 250 millimeters) in Baja California Sur, intense in Nayarit and Sinaloa, and very strong in Colima, Jalisco and Michoacán.

In addition, in the next few hours the wind gusts of 110 to 130 km/h and waves of 4 to 6 meters (m) high will also remain on the coasts of Baja California Sur; Gusts of 90 to 110 km/h and waves of 3 to 5 m on the coasts of Nayarit and Sinaloa, as well as conditions for the formation of waterspouts.

Due to this, the hurricane prevention zone remains in force from Todos Santos to Los Barriles, Baja California Sur, and the tropical storm surveillance zone in the Marías Islands, Nayarit.

The SMN called to follow the recommendations of the Civil Protection authorities since the conditions indicated could cause electric shocks and generate landslides, increases in the levels of rivers and streams, overflows and flooding in areas of the aforementioned states.

In addition, he asked tourists and maritime navigation in the area to take extreme precautions against high waves.

Norma arrives after the double blow of cyclones Lidia and Max last week, which left five dead in total, one in Nayarit, two in Jalisco and two in Guerrero.

In addition, it is the fourteenth named cyclone of this season in the Pacific, where Adrian, Beatriz, Calvin, Dora, Eugene, Fernanda, Greg, Hilary, Irwin, Jova, Kenneth, Lidia and Max formed before.

Of them, the most damaging had been Hilary, which in August left four dead in the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sinaloa, all in northern Mexico.

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