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Hurricane Norma, which strengthened into a category 1 hurricane on Wednesday, poses a significant threat to the popular Mexican resort destination of Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Simultaneously, Tropical Storm Tammy is making its presence felt in the Caribbean, alerting several islands.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center has reported that Hurricane Norma is steadily gaining strength in the Pacific. Hurricane Norma is forecasted to reach Cabo San Lucas over the weekend, bringing hurricane-force winds. Weather experts predict it may strengthen further to around 115 mph (180 kph) by Thursday before slightly weakening as it approaches land.
Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Tammy emerged on the scene. As of Wednesday evening, Tammy is heading toward several Caribbean islands, including Barbados, Dominica, Martinique, and Guadeloupe. Tammy is showing early signs of intensity with winds reaching 40 mph (65 kph).
Its current location is about 530 miles (855 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands, and it is moving westward at a rate of 17 mph (28 kph). Tropical storm watches have been issued for Barbados, Dominica, Martinique, and Guadeloupe islands.
The National Hurricane Center anticipates the storm will bring heavy rains to the northern Windward and Leeward Islands through Friday. Over the weekend, it is expected to affect the U.S. British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, potentially causing localized flooding and heavy rainfall. Islanders and residents in these areas are urged to stay vigilant and updated with the latest weather reports.
As Hurricane Norma strengthens off Mexico’s Pacific coast and Tropical Storm Tammy advances towards the Caribbean, residents and travelers are encouraged to monitor the situation closely and follow safety recommendations from local authorities and meteorological agencies. The weather conditions will likely continue to evolve, so staying informed is crucial.