published Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Norbert becomes Hurricane in Pacific off Mexico

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    This NOAA satellite image taken September 03, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EDT shows low stratiform clouds off of the California coastline with some low pressure circulation in the middle of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
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MIAMI — Norbert has become a hurricane in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Norbert reached hurricane strength on Wednesday, packing top sustained winds of 75 mph. It is centered about 215 miles south of the Baja peninsula.

Forecasters say Norbert is headed west-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph) and expected to approach the southern tip of the peninsula sometime Thursday and trek nearly parallel to lower Baja's Pacific coast Friday.

Forecasters say a tropical storm warning is in effect from La Paz to Santa Fe, Mexico while a tropical storm watch is in effect north of Santa Fe to Cabo San Lazaro and north of La Paz to San Evaristo, Mexico.

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