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Unleashing Nature's Wrath: Hurricane Norma Threatens Cabo San Lucas

Unleashing Nature’s Wrath: Hurricane Norma Threatens Cabo San Lucas

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Major Hurricane Norma triggers Hurricane Warnings for Cabo San Lucas

Published October 19, 2023 8:09pm EDT

By Chris Oberholtz and Andrew Wulfeck

Source: Introduction

Mexico‘s Baja California peninsula is facing a major threat as Hurricane Norma, a Category 3 storm, barrels towards Cabo San Lucas. With the potential to bring hurricane-force winds to the region as early as Saturday morning, residents and authorities are on high alert. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued Hurricane Warnings for several areas, urging residents to prepare and take necessary precautions.

The Strength of Hurricane Norma and Its Path

Hurricane Norma rapidly strengthened into a major Category 4 hurricane on Thursday morning before losing some strength. As of the latest advisory, it is a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and is moving northwards toward Mexico at 6 mph. The NHC expects Norma to continue weakening, but it is still anticipated to make landfall as a hurricane on the Baja coast.

Potential Impacts on the United States

While the focus is currently on the potential impact on Mexico, there are also concerns about how Hurricane Norma could affect the United States. Computer forecast models indicate that after making landfall, tropical moisture from Norma could combine with tropical rains from another Pacific disturbance and infiltrate the U.S. next week. This raises the possibility of heavy rain over the Plains and the South, potentially causing flooding and other weather-related issues.

Watches and Warnings

The government of Mexico has upgraded the Hurricane Watch to a Hurricane Warning for the Baja California Peninsula from Todos Santos to Los Barriles, including Cabo San Lucas. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane-force winds are expected within 36 hours. A Hurricane Watch is also in effect from Los Barriles to La Paz and Todos Santos to Santa Fe. The Las Islas Marias are also under a watch. It is important for residents in these areas to closely monitor the situation and follow any evacuation orders or safety guidelines issued by local authorities.

Emergency Preparedness

When faced with hurricane warnings or tropical storm watches, it is crucial for residents to take immediate action to safeguard their lives and properties. The following steps are recommended in such situations:

  1. Stay informed: Keep track of the latest updates from trusted weather sources such as the NHC or local meteorological authorities. This will help you stay informed about the storm’s progress and any changes in its trajectory.
  2. Create an emergency plan: Prepare an emergency plan for you and your family, which should include a communication strategy, a safe meeting point, and a list of essential supplies that should be stocked up.
  3. Secure your property: Take necessary steps to secure your home and belongings, such as boarding up windows, reinforcing doors, and securing loose objects that could become projectiles in strong winds.
  4. Evacuate if necessary: If local authorities issue evacuation orders, it is important to follow them promptly. Have a pre-planned evacuation route and ensure you have enough fuel and supplies for the journey.
  5. Stay indoors: During the storm, it is safest to stay indoors. Avoid going outside and seek shelter in a sturdy part of your home away from windows and exterior walls.
  6. Stock up on essential supplies: Keep a supply of non-perishable food, water, medications, first aid kit, flashlights, batteries, and other necessary items that can sustain you for several days in case of power outages or restricted access to resources.


Hurricane Norma poses a significant threat to Cabo San Lucas and areas of the Baja California Peninsula. Residents must take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their property. It is also important for communities and governments to evaluate their disaster management strategies and invest in infrastructure and policies that can better prepare them for future natural disasters. Climate change and its consequences demand proactive action and long-term planning to ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable regions and populations.


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