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Pacific Mexico braces for Hurricane Lorena

Mexico — Hurricane Lorena is expected to hit the coasts of Colima and Jalisco as a category 1 hurricane sometime today.

According to the forecasts of la Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua), Hurricane Lorena is located 33 km northwest of Tomatlán, Jalisco and 40 km southeast of Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco. As it approaches, it will generate dense clouds with torrential rains, wind gusts over 80 km/h and waves of 3 to 5 meters along the coasts. Precipitation could generate landslides and increase river and stream flows and cause flooding in low areas of these regions.

In a press conference, Blanca Jiménez Cisneros, director of Conagua says “It is predicted that in the early hours of Thursday, the center of Lorena will pass over land as a category 1 hurricane on the coasts of Jalisco and Colima and then move away toward the sea and approach Baja California Sur.”

Accompanied by David León Romero, National Coordinator of Civil Protection (CNPC) and Jorge Zavala Hidalgo, General Coordinator of the National Meteorological Service (SMN), the officials indicated that winds would be greater than 120 kilometers per hour and a surge likely exceeding five meters.

“La Conagua maintains a hurricane wind prevention zone from San Telmo, Michoacán to Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco and tropical storm winds from Zihuatanejo, Guerrero to Punta de Mita in Nayarit,” he warned.

“As it approaches the coast, it weakens and can return to its category of tropical storm…but as it advances to the Peninsula of Baja California, it can resume its hurricane category,” explained Jorge Zavala.

La Comisión Nacional del Agua estimates that Lorena will arrive at Los Cabos in Baja California Sur during the early hours of Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane and downgrade to a tropical storm as it advance across land.

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