Hurricane Norbert moves parallel to Mexico’s Baja California peninsula
After damaging numerous homes and forcing hundreds of people in coastal areas to move to higher ground last week, Hurricane Norbert moved parallel to Baja California peninsula of Mexico on Sunday.
Hurricane Norbert created waves of up to 20 feet on Friday and grew to Category 3 status on Saturday. But, it weakened to a Category 1 hurricane by Sunday morning, with winds of up to 75 miles per hour (mph).
The high and powerful waves broke a contention wall and flooded the nearby village of Puerto San Carlos, which is located around 300 miles north of the tip of the Baja California peninsula.
Local authorities reported that as many as 500 people had been moved to shelters in safer areas and that health officials were assigned with the task to fight mosquitoes in stagnant water to avert the spread of diseases like dengue.
Carlos Rincon, civil protection director of the state government, said more than 2,000 people had been evacuated from Comondu, Los Cabos and La Paz combined. Ports in the region remained closed, while police officers have been deployed to the evacuated communities to prevent looting.
While the big waves caused significant damages and affected numerous people, surfers were happy as the hurricane created conditions for big surfs.
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