Norbert becomes Hurricane in Pacific off Mexico

Norbert becomes Hurricane in Pacific off Mexico

September 3rd, 2014 by Associated Press in National US

Cars sit on a street that collapsed after heavy rain in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The Gulf states of Mexico are bracing for more bad weather as Tropical Storm Dolly crosses the coast and continues moving inland over northeastern Mexico on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

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MIAMI (AP) - 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 80 mph (130 kph). It is centered about 205 miles (335 kilometers) south of the Baja peninsula.

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

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