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Friday, September 04, 2009

Hurricane JIMENA Coverage, Mayhem in Mulege! Landfall at Mag Bay Struck First! Baja Weather Service Issues Hurricane Watch on Jimena First To Issue




Moto ride across the Mulege Bridge, giving you an idea of how much water slammed Mulege, during Jimena and John.




Mayhem in Mulege! At least one person reported dead.





Baja Weather Service first to call Hurricane Watch, 24 hours ahead of reporting agencies. First to call landfall, one hour before NWS and first to report damage situation to travelers online.











Mulege Devastated!

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MAG BAY STRUCK AT 4 AM SEPT 2!




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“This may be the strongest hurricane ever to hit the region,” said José Gajón, the director of civil protection for the state of Baja California Sur.

RAINFALL IN THE LOCAL MOUNTAINS REPORTED AS 14 INCHES! LARGE SCALE EVACUATIONS NOW, AIRPORTS CLOSED, HEAVY RAINFALL REPORTED IN THE TOWNS, LOS CABOS TO LA PAZ, LA PAZ REPORTING UP TO 8 INCHES OF RAIN ALREADY!

HEAVY RAINFALL REPORTED THROUGHOUT BAJA SUR, SOUTH OF SANTA ROSALIA

Baja Local Storm Reports the night of landfall, Sept 2:

2 AM "in mulege, raining hard, windy, lots of thunder and lightning".

2
.30 AM "stronger wind in La Paz but no rain maybe Jimena started already
to cross the peninsula and we are getting the back winds".


3:12 AM "wind picking up, stronger gusts, starting to rain a bit".


3:15 AM "dead calm had .4" of rain and high gust of 54 mph now 86º ~ 91% humidity".

3:55 AM Port Captain at San Carlos, "Jimena now ashore here at San Carlos/Mag Bay", Captain reports from official weather measurements at the Port of San Carlos and Mag Bay".

4:00 AM BWS SAT IMAGE CONFIRMS SAN CARLOS PORT CAPTAIN
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS REPORT OF 3:55 AM 9-2-2009

MAG BAY STRUCK AT 4 AM WITH HURRICANE FORCE WINDS!

Mexican Weather Service reports Hurricane Jimena ashore, first MWS report from 5:15 AM.

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BULLETIN

LAST BWS BULLETIN TRACKING JIMENA

TROPICAL DEPRESSION JIMENA ADVISORY NUMBER 27


200 AM PDT FRI SEP 04 2009

"...JIMENA WEAKENS TO A DEPRESSION...ALL WARNINGS DISCONTINUED...

AT 2 AM PDT...0900 UTC...THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS DISCONTINUED
ALL WARNINGS FOR MEXICO.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED
STATES...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL
METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.

AT 200 AM PDT...0900 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION JIMENA
WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 27.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 111.6 WEST OR ABOUT
45 MILES... 70 KM...EAST OF SANTA ROSALIA MEXICO.

THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST NEAR 2 MPH...3 KM/HR.
A SLOW MOTION TOWARD THE SOUTHWEST IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATER TODAY
AND CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER
OF JIMENA SHOULD MOVE OVER THE BAJA CALIFORNIA PENINSULA LATER
TODAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 35 MPH...55 KM/HR...
WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE
NEXT 24 HOURS...AND JIMENA COULD DEGENERATE INTO A REMNANT LOW
LATER TODAY OR SATURDAY.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1006 MB...29.71 INCHES.

JIMENA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE ADDITIONAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO
3 INCHES OVER PORTIONS OF WESTERN MEXICO AND THE CENTRAL PORTION OF
THE BAJA PENINSULA DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO. ISOLATED MAXIMUM
STORM-TOTAL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 30 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE.

HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDE LEVELS ALONG PORTIONS OF THE COAST OF THE
CENTRAL BAJA PENINSULA AND WESTERN MAINLAND MEXICO WILL GRADUALLY
SUBSIDE TODAY.

...SUMMARY OF 200 AM PDT INFORMATION...
LOCATION...27.4N 111.6W
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...35 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT...SOUTHEAST OR 130 DEGREES AT 2 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1006 MB


DAMAGE REPORTS LISTED AT BAJA RACING NEWS.com"


Baja Weather Services Calls Landfall on the Money!

Before NWS and of course, way before CNN!



""NWS BULLETIN

HURRICANE JIMENA DISCUSSION NUMBER 20
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP132009
800 AM PDT WED SEP 02 2009

SATELLITE IMAGERY SUGGEST THAT AT LEAST THE UPPER-LEVEL CENTER OF JIMENA IS OVER LAND. HOWEVER...EARLIER MICROWAVE IMAGERY SUGGESTED THE VORTEX WAS TILTED WITH HEIGHT TOWARD THE NORTHEAST...AND THERE ARE NO RECENT MICROWAVE DATA TO PINPOINT THE SURFACE CENTER. THE BEST ESTIMATE IS THAT THE SURFACE CENTER HAS PASSED NEAR OR OVER CABO SAN LAZARO DURING THE PAST FEW HOURS.""


""HURRICANE JIMENA INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 19A
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP132009
500 AM PDT WED SEP 02 2009

"...CENTER OF JIMENA ALMOST ONSHORE OF SOUTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA...

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE BAJA CALIFORNIA PENINSULA FROM AGUA BLANCA NORTHWARD TO PUNTA ABREOJOS ON THE WEST COAST...AND FROM LA PAZ NORTHWARD TO MULEGE ON THE EAST COAST. A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 24 HOURS.""



""BAJA WEATHER SERVICE BULLETIN(Baja Weather Service Bulletin 9-2-2009 4:00 AM)

JIMENA MAKES LANDFALL AT MAG BAY WITH HURRICANE FORCE WINDS!
AT 4 AM, REPORTS FROM MAG BAY SAY WIDESPREAD DAMAGE EXPECTED
AFTER HURRICANE JIMENA CAME ASHORE HERE.

REPORTS LOADING NOW>>>""


Hurricane Warnings Raised 8 AM 8-31, 24 hours after BWS issues first Hurricane Watch:













August 31, 2009, 6 AM Pacific

Mexican 1000 will be interesting, Hurricane Warnings to be posted today.

Hurricane Warnings to be issued today.
Warnings mean get the hell out, or have your preparations done and stay and get hit in 24 hours.

Evacuations, Civil Protection Services now in full swing, preparing for Jimena landfall on Baja Sur, Mexico.


10,000 families may need to be evacuated.

Tropical Storm conditions expected in San Ignacio on Wednesday, September 2, 11 PM. With the damages hurricanes bring, roads, business and government will be impacted for at least fifteen days after the storm.


Baja Weather Service statement (BWS): 6 AM, August 31, 2009:


"When the Hurricane Warnings go up later today, the running of the Mexican 1000 Rally will be impacted. Whether government officials or rally organizers change the dates of the event or they slog through the scheduled start of the event as September 16-20.


The good news, at least the normal high temperatures are now a minor worry.

Now, racers may encounter, "Jungle conditions"! High water in arroyos, quick sand and desperate natives. At least when the Baja sands are dry, they can't swallow you whole.

Basic supplies all along the route will be a premium or not available at all. Fuel, water and food from Vizcaino south are already being hoarded. Bus operations throughout the peninsula are sold out.

The future course of the hurricane/tropical storm will determine how much storm damage will impact the event".



August 30, 2009
Hurricane conditions likely in hours on Baja peninsula.

NWS follows BWS 12 hours later and issues Hurricane Watch for Baja California Sur, Mexico, 8 PM, 8-30.

Baja Weather Service issues Hurricane Watch Area Extension
, extends Watch into the Sea of Cortez, 8 PM, 8-30.



NWS Statement at 8 AM:

INTEREST(S) IN WESTERN MAINLAND MEXICO AND SOUTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF JIMENA."

Baja Weather Service Statement: Issued 8-30-09, 8 AM Pacific Time:


The National Mexico Weather Service is communicating that "Jimena" is a "Dangerous, Severe" threat to Baja Sur and it could be a Category IV (CAT 4) Hurricane, with the center of the Hurricane impacting Mexico within 72 hours. They are sending a "Category IV Alarm" to all points on their western Pacific coastline metro areas.

Baja Weather Service issues now, a "Hurricane Watch" for Mag Bay south to Cabo San Lucas, east to Nine Palms. Our watch zone
is meant to alert American citizens that large waves, heavy seas and coastline impact from a dangerous Hurricane Jimena could occur in the next 72 hours.

All interests in the watch zone are advised to monitor conditions closely and consider all coastal activities as under the watch. Rogue waves, large unannounced sets of waves and chubasco flash flood events have taken lives in southern
Baja, during past, similar conditions."

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Baja Weather Service first to call Jimena Hurricane Watch, 24 hours ahead of reporting agencies. First to call landfall, one hour before NWS and first to report damage situation to travelers online.



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