Archive for Saturday, September 2, 2006

Hurricane John’s center roars ashore

September 2, 2006

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— Hurricane John roared over the lightly populated eastern tip of the Baja California peninsula late Friday, but the storm appeared to spare the glistening resorts of Los Cabos, authorities said.

The storm's eye came ashore Friday evening about 20 miles northeast of San Jose del Cabo, and the storm was moving north at 9 mph. Forecasters said it likely would lash the state capital of La Paz with top sustained winds of 110 mph before crossing the narrow stretch of land and heading out to sea.

John wasn't likely to affect the United States.

Some streets were flooded in Cabo San Lucas, but the water was merely ankle-deep at its height. Stores reopened two hours after hurricane-force winds first lashed the peninsula and residents antsy from spending all day in shelters emerged into the streets, where some started a pickup soccer game.

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