LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) - Emergency workers on Baja California are trying to evacuate thousands of slum dwellers ahead of
Hurricane Jimena (hee-MAY'-nuh). It's a challenge, because many
residents don't want to leave - they're afraid their few
possessions will be stolen if they do.
Police, firefighters and navy personnel have been driving
through shantytowns, trying to persuade some 10,000 people to
evacuate shacks made of plastic sheeting, wood, reeds and even
The government warns that those who refuse to evacuate would be forced to do so.
Jimena is just short of Category 5 status with winds of near 155 mph. It's expected to reach Baja as a major storm by this evening.
At last report, Jimena was centered about 185 miles south of Cabo San Lucas and is moving north-northwest near 12 mph.
(Oscar note: Jimena should graze the southern Baja California coast Tuesday evening and make landfall farther up the southwest coast of Baja California as a Category 3 hurricane.)