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Los Cabos, La Paz brace for Hurricane Lorena

Los Cabos, Baja California Sur — The first heavy rains of Hurricane Lorena were felt south of the peninsula where Civil Protection authorities have already issued a red alert and enabled the first 18 protection shelters for at least 900 people in high-risk areas.

As of 4:00 a.m. local time, Hurricane Lorena was located 45 kms northwest of La Paz, Baja California Sur and 165 kms southwest of Topolobampo, Sinaloa. Lorena is expected to make landfall today, causing torrential rains in regions of Baja California Sur and Sonora, winds in excess of 120 kms/h and waves of between 3 and 5 meters.

Winds with gusts greater than 50 kms/h and waves of 1 to 3 meters are forecast in Baja California, Nayarit and Jalisco with winds of the same intensity expected in Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Querétaro, Hidalgo and Oaxaca.

Due to the upcoming storm, authorities have announced the total closure of all maritime ports.

The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) began with the mobilization of 611 elements in the municipalities of Los Cabos and La Paz in order to guarantee electricity during and after the storm.

In the tourist area of Los Cabos, 100 elements of the National Guard and 500 municipal police officers will carry out patrols.

So far, 13 international flights have been reported canceled at Los Cabos Airport at the decision of the airlines themselves, however, for national traffic, regular operations continue.