Hurricane Jimena will threaten Cabo San Lucas and southern Baja California, Mexico, with hurricane conditions late Monday through Tuesday. Jimena has quickly become a large and powerful hurricane, reaching Category 4 strength Sunday morning and continued strengthening through the afternoon. As of 2 p.m. PST Sunday, Jimena was located about 480 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of Baja California Sunday afternoon with sustained winds up to 140 mph.
Squalls associated with Jimena will continue to affect the southwestern Mexican state of Jalisco. The weather in Cabo San Lucas and the rest of the southern Baja California will be hot and mostly dry today. Conditions will deteriorate on Monday. The outer rain bands will begin to affect the southern Baja. Hurricane-force winds will develop Tuesday. Winds over 100 mph are possible in Cabo San Lucas and the rest of the southern Baja Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night.
In addition to the powerful winds, very heavy rain is also expected. The southern Baja is basically a desert, so heavy rain can quickly lead to flash flooding. A storm surge of more than 10 feet is possible as well.
The Eastern Pacific Summary has more information on Jimena and her potential impacts. Keep checking back for the latest on Accuweather.com.
Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel