Hurricane Norma Targets Mexican Resorts in Los Cabos, While Tammy Escalates into a Hurricane in the Atlantic

by Ethan Kim
Natural Disasters

On Friday, Hurricane Norma intensified, once more evolving into a severe storm, and set its trajectory toward the dual vacation spots of Los Cabos, situated at the southernmost point of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula in the Pacific Ocean.

Concurrently, in the Atlantic region, the U.S. National Hurricane Center announced that Tropical Storm Tammy had escalated to hurricane status, brandishing winds at a speed of 80 mph (130 kph). Hurricane advisories were promulgated for Guadeloupe, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

The National Hurricane Center reported that Norma was carrying maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph) and was located approximately 145 miles (235 kilometers) to the south of Cabo San Lucas. Classified as a Category 3 hurricane, it was advancing in a north-northwestern direction at a pace of 9 mph (15 kph). The outer rain bands of the storm had already commenced in deluging the Baja peninsula.

Maribel Collins, the Secretary of Tourism for the state of Baja California Sur, noted that hotels in Los Cabos, predominantly patronized by international tourists, were still about 75% occupied, and a mass exodus by guests was not observed.

Due to the impending storm and the onset of rain in Los Cabos, several flights were annulled on Friday. Airports in the region are slated to remain shuttered for a portion of Saturday, as per information from the local civil defense authority.

Norma was predicted to impact both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo commencing Saturday. As a preventive measure, the local port was sealed for all marine activity.

Victor Manuel Castro, the Governor of the state, emphatically cautioned residents to refrain from venturing outdoors. “No one should leave their homes post 6 or 7 in the evening,” Castro advised.

At the Cabo San Lucas marina, José Ceseña took precautionary steps to pull his tourism boat out of the water, citing the impracticality of risking his vessel with a hurricane imminent and the port closed.

State National Guard Commander Homero Blanco stated that the resort’s beaches were officially closed, and troops were dispatched to evacuate any remaining individuals from the coastal areas. “There were a handful of people on the beach this morning, who were respectfully asked to vacate,” said Blanco.

The federal administration deployed 500 marines to assist with storm preparedness in the resort area. Local municipal officials announced that as many as 39 emergency shelters would be established if required.

For the southern extremity of the Baja California Peninsula, a hurricane warning was in place. The projected path indicated that Norma, although weakened, would continue towards the western Pacific coast of mainland Mexico.

Additionally, Manzanillo’s Pacific coast port was closed to minor vessels as a safeguard, and some academic sessions in the state of Baja California Sur were canceled.

Although Norma was expected to diminish in intensity upon nearing land, it was not anticipated to weaken as substantially as initially projected.

John Cangialosi, a specialist at the National Hurricane Center, posited that the hurricane would persist in its northward movement into Saturday but would then decelerate significantly. “The storm should essentially stall near the southern section of the Baja California Peninsula,” he stated, underscoring concerns about substantial winds and torrential rains.

In the Atlantic, Hurricane Tammy was located about 55 miles (85 kilometers) to the east of Martinique and 135 miles (220 kilometers) to the southeast of the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, progressing in a west-northwestern direction at 9 mph (15 kph).

Tammy was forecasted to maintain its hurricane status and potentially even intensify as it advanced toward the Lesser Antilles, passing through Guadeloupe, Antigua, and Barbuda over the course of Saturday. Both Martinique and Guadeloupe are French overseas territories.

Hurricane advisories were also disseminated for Anguilla, St. Maarten, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy, in addition to the aforementioned islands.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hurricane Norma and Tammy

What areas are expected to be affected by Hurricane Norma?

Hurricane Norma is anticipated to impact the dual vacation spots of Los Cabos, situated at the southernmost point of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.

What is the current status of Hurricane Norma?

As of the latest update, Hurricane Norma is classified as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. It is moving in a north-northwestern direction at a pace of 9 mph.

Are there any other storms currently active?

Yes, Tropical Storm Tammy in the Atlantic has escalated to a hurricane with wind speeds of 80 mph. Hurricane warnings have been issued for several islands including Guadeloupe, Antigua, and Barbuda.

What precautionary measures are being taken in Los Cabos?

The local port in Los Cabos has been closed, some flights have been canceled, and hotels are still about 75% occupied. The Governor has advised residents to stay indoors after 6 or 7 PM. Additionally, emergency shelters are prepared to be established if needed.

Have beaches been closed in Los Cabos?

Yes, State National Guard Commander Homero Blanco has confirmed that beaches in the resort area have been officially closed, and troops were dispatched to evacuate any remaining individuals from the coastal areas.

Are there any warnings for other locations?

Yes, the Pacific coast port of Manzanillo has been closed to small craft as a precaution. Hurricane warnings have also been issued for several islands in the Atlantic, in connection with Hurricane Tammy.

What is the current state of local airports?

Due to the impending storm, several flights in and out of Los Cabos have been canceled. Airports in the region are slated to remain closed for a portion of Saturday.

What is the official advice for residents and tourists?

The Governor of Baja California Sur, Victor Manuel Castro, has strongly advised people to stay at home and not to venture outdoors after 6 or 7 PM.

What are the potential dangers of Hurricane Norma?

The primary concerns are significant winds and heavy rain, especially if the storm slows down and lingers over the area.

Are any emergency services deployed?

Yes, the federal administration has deployed 500 marines to assist with storm preparedness in the resort area, and as many as 39 emergency shelters could be established if required.

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ClimateWatcher October 21, 2023 - 7:08 am

It’s another reminder that climate change is no joke. more hurricanes, and they’re getting stronger too. wake up world!

JohnDoe123 October 21, 2023 - 8:29 am

Wow, thats some serious stuff happening there. Hope everyones staying safe!

GlobalNomad October 21, 2023 - 10:16 am

Had plans to go island hopping in the Atlantic but looks like Tammy’s gonna mess that up. Can’t catch a break this year.

SailorSteve October 21, 2023 - 11:18 am

Closing down the port in Los Cabos and Manzanillo? Must be serious. stay safe out there, guys.

FinancialFred October 21, 2023 - 11:22 am

Bet the tourism and insurance sectors are gonna take a big hit from this one. These natural disasters are no good for business.

ConcernedCitizen October 21, 2023 - 12:41 pm

Kudos to the local gov for acting fast. But ppl need to listen and stay indoors!

TravelGuru88 October 21, 2023 - 5:37 pm

So much for my vacation plans to Los Cabos, had to cancel the whole trip. this year’s just been crazy with weather.

SafetyFirst October 21, 2023 - 8:51 pm

500 marines and the National Guard? sounds like they’re not taking any chances, good on them.

WeatherNerd October 22, 2023 - 1:05 am

interesting to see Norma slow down near Baja. That could lead to more flooding if the heavy rains linger. Stay alert folks.

MamaBear October 22, 2023 - 2:34 am

Got family in Baja California and im really worried. Does anyone know how well those emergency shelters are equipped?


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