Tropical Storm Sergio: Baja California warned of flooding, mudslides

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Dangerous-surf warning issued for Central California coast

Sergio has weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm and is expected to reach Baja California in the early hours of Friday, bringing heavy rains, the National Hurricane Center said.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for both coasts of the Baja California peninsula. Storm conditions could begin on the Pacific side by late Thursday afternoon.

About 800 miles southwest of the peninsula’s tip on Wednesday evening, Sergio had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving northwest at 14 mph, the hurricane center said. Landfall is expected Friday morning shortly after midnight on the central peninsula, in the area of the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve.

It will continue across the Gulf of California to the state of Sonora, passing over Guaymas and Hermosillo, then on to El Paso, Texas.

Sergio is expected to bring 3 to 5 inches of rain to most areas it passes over, with up to 10 inches in some areas of Baja California and the state of Sonora.

Hazardous conditions could include flash floods, mudslides, life-threatening surf and rip currents.

Sergio is expected to contribute to high surf and rip currents Thursday and Friday along the California coast as well, from San Luis Obispo south.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


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