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Norbert churns in Pacific off Mexico's Baja peninsula

Published:Friday | September 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Maria del Carmen Gonzalez watches after part of a street and her home collapsed because of heavy rains in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico.

MIAMI (AP):Hurricane Norbert is churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami reported early yesterday that Norbert was packing top sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). It's centred about 165 miles (265 kilometres) south of the Baja peninsula.

Forecasters say Norbert, which reached hurricane strength on Wednesday, was heading northwest near 6 mph (9kph) and expected to approach the southern tip of the peninsula by yesterday and trek nearly parallel to the Pacific Coast today.

Forecasters say a tropical storm warning is in effect from La Paz to Cabo San Lazaro, while a tropical storm watch is in effect north of Cabo San Lazaro to Puerto San Andresito and north of La Paz to San Evaristo.