Dangerous Hurricane Jimena intensifies
Hurricane Jimena is on the verge of becoming a category 5 storm! As of the last advisory, the National Hurricane Center says:
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 155 MPH…250 KM/HR..
WITH HIGHER GUSTS. JIMENA IS A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE
ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE…AND VERY NEAR THE THRESHOLD
OF CATEGORY FIVE STATUS. SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN STRENGTH
ARE LIKELY TODAY…AND GRADUAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST
ON WEDNESDAY. HOWEVER…JIMENA IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN A
MAJOR HURRICANE UNTIL LANDFALL.
As such, hurricane watches and warnings are in effect for the entire Baja peninsula; Jimena is currently about 24 from making landfall. Right now it appears as though landfall may occur near Puerto San Carlos, which, given the topography, would be extremely vulnerable to the dangerous storm surge that is expected.
If Jimena moves inland as forecast on the 5-day cone, areas of southern Arizona and the Imperial Valley of California could be greatly impacted as well. The potential for tornadoes would exist with the outter bands (!), but the main threat would likely be flash flooding from heavy rains.