- Title: MEXICO: Tourists leave as a weak Hurricane Norbert heads towards Mexico
- Date: 10th October 2008
- Summary: VARIOUS OF MEN FILLING CONTAINERS WITH GASOLINE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RESIDENT, JOSE OLIVARES, SAYING: "We have a business and we know there's a hurricane on its way and so we filled the power generator with gasoline to keep everything working perfectly." JOSE LEAVING GASOLINE STATION IN PICK-UP TRUCK
- Embargoed: 25th October 2008 13:00
- Location: Mexico
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes
- Reuters ID: LVA1JPUXHU50MECV1XT03009OYSM
- Story Text: Tourists get out of harms way and residents stock up on gasoline as Hurricane Norbert, weakened to a Category 1 storm in the Pacific, heads for Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
Hurricane Norbert further weakened to a Category 1 storm in the Pacific but was still a major tempest as it headed on Thursday (October 09) for Mexico's Baja California peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Norbert maximum sustained winds decreased to 90 miles per hour (150 km per hour) and could weaken even more on Friday.
The hurricane is expected to make landfall north of the city of La Paz over the weekend, likely missing a direct hit on the beach resort of Los Cabos, a popular destination for U.S. tourists.
Tourists at the Los Cabos International Airport could be seen making their way back home.
As tourists get out of harms way, residents were busy stocking up on gasoline.
Norbert could pummel into the agricultural states of Sonora and Sinaloa early on Sunday with heavy rains, but was not expected to cause any damage to mining interests in northern Mexico.
There are no oil installations either off the coast or on land.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Odile formed south of Norbert in the Pacific on Thursday, threatening to dump up to 8 inches (20 cm) of rains on parts of Guatemala and southern Mexico, putting the region at risk of flash floods or mudslides.
Odile's winds reached near 50 miles per hour (85 km per hour) and is forecasted to become a hurricane soon.
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