LA PAZ, Mexico – Meteorologists say Tropical Storm Olaf intensified into a hurricane in the Pacific on Thursday as it moved towards the beach resort of Los Cabos on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Olaf’s maximum wind speed is 145 kilometers per hour (90 mph), making it a Category 1 hurricane, the lowest of the Safir-Simpson Category 5 hurricane.
According to reports, at 7pm local time (0000 GMT on Friday, 0000), the storm was located approximately 72 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of the Cabo San Lucas seaside resort, and was moving at 16 kilometers per hour (10 miles per hour). Hour) moving northwest.
Mexico’s National Meteorological Service warned that Olaf is likely to make landfall in a Category 2 storm.
A section of the coastline of Baja California from Los Barriles to Cabo San Lazaro has received a hurricane warning.
Forecasters said the storm is expected to move near or over the southern peninsula on Thursday night and Friday.
The Hurricane Center said: “Preparations to protect lives and property should be completed as soon as possible.”
It added that a dangerous storm surge is expected to be accompanied by huge destructive waves near the coast, and warned that heavy rainfall could trigger “serious and life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.”
The authorities set up a storm shelter, and school children in Baja California Sur were told to stay at home on Friday.
The boat’s port was closed, and 24 flights from Los Cabos and La Paz airports were cancelled.
At the time of the hurricane, Mexico was still recovering from a 7.1 magnitude earthquake and major flooding in parts of the country.