Baja braces for a pounding by Jimena
A powerful Hurricane Jimena was bearing down on Mexico's Baja Peninsula Tuesday with top sustained winds of 145 mph, 5 to 10 inches of rain and a big storm surge. Mass evacuations were ordered and anyone with property in the resort towns should be watching events in the region with grave concern.
There should be particular concern for Mexico's poor, who will surely suffer the most from this storm.
Hurricane watches and Warnings were posted for the entire southern half of the peninsula. And the storm track appears to carry the storm's remnants, as a tropical depression, across the peninsula and the Gulf of California, into Arizona by Sunday.
The Southwestern U.S. - especially California but also central Arizona - has been unusually dry, with moderate or severe drought in portions of both states. But too much rain in too short a time may produce more problems than solutions.
The more immediate worries are for people and property in Baja California, which will feel the worst of Jimena's wind, rain and storm surge.