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Norbert weakens off Baja coast

Published:Monday | September 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
A sign warns visitors of high surf as they stand on the jetty protecting Dana Point Harbour in Dana Point, California. Hurricane Norbert in Baja, California, is responsible for the high surf. - AP


Hurricane Norbert slumped to tropical storm force off of Mexico's Baja California peninsula yesterday after pounding fishing villages and damaging more than 1,000 homes while kicking up dangerous surf farther north along the California coast.

Norbert peaked as a Category three hurricane early Saturday with sustained winds of 120 mph (210 kph), but by yesterday it was a rapidly weakening tropical storm with winds of 60 mph (95 kph).

The US National Hurricane Center said the storm was likely to fade as it bends toward the coast of the peninsula by midweek, bringing more heavy rains to the Baja desert and to the US Southwest.

Though it has stayed away from land, Norbert passed near enough to the coast in recent days to drench fishing villages and resorts, and pound beaches.

High surf and waves broke a contention wall and flooded the fishing village of Puerto San Carlos, said Venustiano Perez, mayor of the municipality of Comondu, which encompasses the village and is located about 300 miles (500 kilometers) north of the tip of the peninsula.