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  • Chris Carlson / AP Photo

    A bulldozer works to pile sand on a temporary berm to protect beach front homes on, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in Long Beach, Calif. Southern California is in for another round of high surf generated by what is currently Hurricane Norbert in the Pacific Ocean off Baja California.


    This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, September 05, 2014 at 02:00 AM EDT shows Hurricane Norbert over the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Rain showers with a few thunderstorms have developed along a frontal boundary across the Four Corners and into the Central Plains.

  • The Brownsville Herald, Miguel Roberts / AP Photo

    Shrimpers from Tampico and Campeche Mexico dock at the Port of Brownsville Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, seeking refuge from Tropical Storm Dolly.


    This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at 02:00 AM EDT shows fairly quiet weather conditions throughout the west with high pressure in control. A storm system in the Northern Rockies is creating some showers and thunderstorms into the Northern Plains. Hurricane Norbert is off the coast of Mexico and is moving to the North at 8 MPH. The storm is going to stay just off shore the Western Mexico Coast and produce winds up to 80 MPH.

Hurricane drenches Mexico; may help US Southwest

Published: Thursday, Sep. 4, 2014 - 9:11 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 5, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Hurricane Norbert dumped heavy rains and prompted evacuations as it marched up the coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Friday. Forecasters said the storm may help bring weekend precipitation to the parched U.S. Southwest.

Baja California Sur state Gov. Marcos Covarrubias urged people in vulnerable areas to evacuate and said travelers should stay off highways as the storm roars past. He said most government services would be closed or restricted, and schools in Los Cabos and La Paz were closed on Friday.

At least 1,000 people remained in shelters Friday afternoon in Los Cabos, where the storm toppled over trees and knocked out electricity in some parts of the resort area. Firefighters rescued several people from vehicles stranded in flooded streets, said Wenceslao Pettit, Public Safety director in Cabo San Lucas.

Ports in the area popular with U.S. tourists remained closed to navigation and police officers were sent to the evacuated neighborhoods to prevent looting, Pettit added.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday evening that Norbert had strengthen a bit with maximum sustained winds near 100 mph (155 kph) and it was centered about 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of sparsely populated Cabo San Lazaro.

Forecasters said Norbert, which had reached hurricane strength Wednesday, was headed northwest at 8 mph (13 kph).

The Hurricane Center said Norbert was helping push moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Dolly across northern Mexico and into the southwestern United States, brining possible heavy rains in coming days.

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