Hurricane Lorenzo Strikes Mexico

September 28, 2007

Lorenzo, a category 1 hurricane, has come ashore along the east-central coast of Mexico. The storm is “moving toward the west near 8 mph [13 km/hr]” according to the latest bulletin from the National Hurricane Center in Miami. “Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph [130 km/hr] with higher gusts.”

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 kms) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 kms). The NHC warned that “storm surge flooding of 2 to 4 feet [.66 to 1.3 meters] above normal tide levels, along with large and dangerous battering waves,” could be expected along the coast.

Lorenzo is expected to move further inland during the day, and will probably decrease in intensity. Nonetheless the NHC said a “hurricane warning remains in effect for the gulf coast of Mexico from Palma Sola to Cabo Rojo,” while tropical storm warnings extend further out along the coast.

Source: National Hurricane Center – http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

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