While still in the Pacific Ocean and far away from land, Hurricane Jimena was a devastating Category 4 hurricane. Meantimely, Hurricane Jimena weakened to become category 3 hurricane and weakened further to a category 2 hurricane which it is at this moment. At the time of this post, center of Hurricane Jimena has reached the shores of southern Baja California in Mexico.
Mexican authorities issued hurricane warning for most of Baja peninsula, including the west coast from Agua Blanca to Punta Abreojos and east coast from La Paz to Mulege. Hurricane warning means that there is an imminent danger to life and property within 24 hours. Areas further north up Baja peninsula are under hurricane watch.
Winds of Hurricane Jimena are currently reaching maximum sustained speed of 105 mph (165 km/hr) which ranks Jimena as category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Hurricane force winds of Jimena extend outward from the center up to 50 miles (85 km) and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).
Hurricane Jimena is one of the strongest hurricanes of the 2009 hurricane season. Tens of thousands of residents and tourists have been evacuated from popular tourist areas of Los Cabos, Mexico. This whole area has been put under the state of emergency by the government of Mexico.
Projected path of Hurricane Jimena is above. Areas it will affect are already well known and expect a major blow in next few hours. Aside from being the strongest hurricane of the 2009 Pacific hurricane season, Jimena has also made name for itself by being a quickly developing hurricane. It first impressed meteorologists by developing from Tropical Depression to Category 3 hurricane in just 30 hours, then it took less than 24 hours to develop from Tropical Storm to Category 3 hurricane. That’s how little it takes for little disturbance and grouping of disorganized cloud to develop into a savage hurricane.