Jimena lashes Los Cabos

The Associated PressSeptember 2, 2009 

— Heavy winds, battering waves and bands of intense rain pummeled residents and tourists in this vacation resort as Hurricane Jimena, one of the largest hurricanes this year, neared the coast Tuesday.

The center of the hurricane, which weakened to a Category 3, was on course to pass west of Los Cabos late Tuesday or early today, close enough to punish the picturesque beaches and fishing villages that fringe the desert.

Mexico declared a state of emergency for Los Cabos and the Baja California Sur state capital of La Paz. Schools, many ports and most businesses were closed.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Erika has formed in the open Atlantic, east of Antigua and Barbuda. The storm had top winds around 50 mph and could grow stronger.

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