الأحد , مايو 16 2021

Hurricane gains strength off Mexico

This satellite image taken on 15 July, 2015 at 01:00EDT and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Dolores is moving west-northwest off the coast of Mexico.

Dolores rapidly strengthened to a category four hurricane early on Wednesday

Hurricane Dolores is gaining strength off Mexico’s Pacific Coast, meteorologists say.

The US National Hurricane Center said Dolores had reached a category four strength, the second highest.

At 09:00GMT it was 515km (320 miles) south of Cabo San Lucas.

Dolores was moving west-northwest, raising hopes that Mexico’s Pacific coast would be spared major damage, although swells were already reaching parts of Baja California peninsula.

The US National Hurricane Center warned that they could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Meteorologists said Dolores’s sustained winds had increased to 215 km/h (134 mph) with some higher gusts.

They said they expected Dolores to strengthen further over the next 24 hours.

Last September, parts of Baja California were destroyed when Hurricane Odile swept through the region.

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