Advertisement
World & Nation

Tropical Storm Lidia closes in on Mexico’s Los Cabos resorts

Tropical Storm Lidia

Civil protection personnel work around a sinkhole about 30 feet in diameter caused after heavy rains unleashed during the passage of Tropical Storm Lidia in the Mexican Pacific, in Mexico City, on Aug. 31, 2017. The collapse was recorded in the morning a few steps from the Paseo de la Reforma, one of the most emblematic avenues of the megacity and frequented by many tourists.

(Pedro Pardo / AFP/Getty Images)

About 1,400 people sought refuge at storm shelters in the Los Cabos resorts at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula on Thursday as a strengthening Tropical Storm Lidia closed in on an area just to the north.

Lidia spread rains over a broad swath of Mexico, including Mexico City, where it was blamed for flooding that briefly closed the city’s airport. An enormous sinkhole about 30 feet in diameter opened on a street in downtown Mexico City because of an accumulation of water.

Civil Defense Commissioner Luis Felipe Puente said strong winds and rain were already lashing Los Cabos at midday. Authorities also warned residents to prepare for a possible dangerous storm surge.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Lidia could produce total accumulations of as much as 8 to 12 inches across much of Baja California Sur state and western Jalisco state on the mainland, threatening flash floods and landslides.

Advertisement

Lidia had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph at midafternoon and some further strengthening was possible before landfall later Thursday. Its center was about 40 miles northwest of Cabo San Lucas and heading north-northwest at 10 mph.

The storm was predicted to move northward about half way up the peninsula over the next two day before turning out into the Pacific.

Far out over the Atlantic, meanwhile, Hurricane Irma formed and strengthened to a category 3 storm while following a course that could bring it near the eastern Caribbean Sea by early next week. Its maximum sustained winds had increased to near 115 mph.

Irma was moving west-northwest near 12 mph and that general motion was forecast to continue through early Friday.

Advertisement

Forecasters said Irma was expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days. No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.


Newsletter
Must-read stories from the L.A. Times

Get all the day's most vital news with our Today's Headlines newsletter, sent every weekday morning.

You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.
Advertisement