Category 4 storm threatens Mexico

The Associated PressAugust 31, 2009 

— Jimena strengthened into a dangerous Category 4 hurricane off Mexico's Pacific coast Sunday, and forecasters said it could hit the Baja California peninsula as a major storm in the coming days.

Jimena kicked up surf along the northwestern coast and generated winds that bent trees in the resort town of Zihuatanejo, uprooting at least one. Strong waves and wind prevented a couple on a boat from reaching port, forcing them to spend the night at sea, said Zihuatanejo coast guard official Jose Angel Lara.

If Jimena stays on its northwestern track, it would carry hurricane-force winds to the tip of resort-dotted Baja California by late today and slam into the peninsula by Wednesday morning, said Richard Pasch, a senior specialist with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

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