Powerful Hurricane Genevieve was approaching the coast of the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico, threatening to carry tropical storm-force winds to parts of the area although it is not expected to make landfall.
The Category 3 meteor is expected to pass near the southern part of the peninsula on Wednesday night and Thursday, according to the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC).
“We have no choice but to take the boat to a safe place,” said Elio López as he pulled his boat out of the waters of Cabo San Lucas before the storm hit. The authorities have already closed the port.
Genevieve had maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (120 miles per hour) Tuesday night and was 390 kilometers (240 miles) south-southeast of the tip of the Baja Peninsula. added the NHC. It was moving in a northwesterly direction at 17 km / h (10 mph).
More than 10,000 families live in wooden and cardboard houses in squatter settlements that are prone to flooding in Cabo San Lucas, areas that generally must be evacuated when a storm approaches.
In one of those neighborhoods, El Caribe, residents appeared calm Tuesday. “They have not told us anything, but if there is strong air, the roof of the house is going to collapse,” said Flor Juárez, who moved to the area three years ago from the southern state of Guerrero.
In the tourist areas of Cabo San Lucas, the streets were practically empty, but they have been that way for some time. Most tourism-oriented businesses remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There is an active tropical storm watch for parts of the peninsula, from Los Barriles to Puerto Cortés.
Los Cabos director of civil protection, Erick Santillán, said that as the storm approaches, authorities would decide whether to open shelters. “It will not impact us, but it will leave us water and strong winds,” he said. “We are already working on the preparations.”
Genevieve is expected to dump 1 to 4 inches (2.5 to 10 centimeters) of rain in parts of the state of Baja California Sur as it moves parallel to the coast.