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Javier hits Cabo with rains and flooding

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Tropical storm Javier continues to gain strength as it approaches land. Serious rains have already hit Los Cabos -  and with serious effects.

Landslides and flooding have already occurred in San Jose del Cabo  -  affecting hotels, shops, supermarkets, traffic and roads. Evacuations began some hours ago with people in high risk areas already being moved to shelters.

The latest update from National Meteorological Service (SMN) at around 16:00 hours this afternoon, has confirmed that the storm is increasing in intensity and is currently about 55km southeast of Cabo San Lucas and 195 kilometers south-southeast of La Paz.

The storm is moving at approx 15 kilometers per hour with sustained winds which will rise from 100 to 120 kilometers per hour (60-95 miles per hour), threatening more heavy rains mainly in the municipality of Los Cabos. Expected rainfall levels are -15 mm in Cabo San Lucas, 140 mm in San Jose del Cabo, 90 mm in Todos Santos, 120 mm in Santiago. 

Based on this information Metmex predicts that expected time of impact for Javier to hit Baja California Sur is between 18:00 and 20:00 hours this evening (Monday 08 Aug). Waves are likely to reach over 2.5m high.

The Civil Protection of Baja California Sur has decreed an orange alert high risk for the municipalities of La Paz, Los Cabos and Comondú, and a yellow alert for Mulegé and Loreto.

Please pay close attention to all weather alerts and follow all advice from the authorities.

We will be back with further updates. 

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