Tropical Storm Patricia Nears Mexico

October 14, 2009

Officials closed schools and readied emergency shelters as Tropical Storm Patricia neared Mexico’s Los Cabos resorts on Tuesday.

The storm had winds of near 60 mph (95 kph) and slight strengthening was possible, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, though it was not expected to reach hurricane force of 74 mph (118 kph).

Patricia was located about 120 miles (190 kilometers) south-southeast of the tourist-heavy tip of the Baja peninsula and it was moving toward the north at near 7 mph (11 kph).

Baja California Sur’s state government announced that all schools at all levels were closed on Tuesday and it said officials were preparing 159 shelters in case of evacuations.

Mexico’s government declared a tropical storm warning for the southern portion of the desert peninsula, including Cabo San Lucas.
Forecasters said it could dump 1 to 3 inches (25 to 75 millimeters) of rain on the region.

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