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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Tropical Storm Jimena breaking up

Tropical Storm Jimena slammed into Baja California Sur on Tuesday as a severe storm and crossed the peninsula slowing down and dropping in strength to a tropical storm along the way. Yesterday the path of Jimena looked like it was heading back across the peninsula towards the Pacific Ocean.

Video: Jimena Downgraded to a Tropical Storm (Associated Press)



It appears that Jimena is pulling itself apart now. The eye of the storm is indeed heading across land to the west while the major activity spins off to the east. This is exposing the storm center which will quickly lead to Jimena's demise.

Jimena Being Ripped Apart (AccuWeather)

...wind shear is ripping the storm apart. All the convection has been torn away to the east, while the center continues to spin around over the northern Baja California Sur (Mexican State).

The moisture cut loose from the storm continues to dump heavy rain up to the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountain range in western Mexico. The greatest impact has been in the Mexican states of southern Sonora and northern Sinaloa where 6 to 12 inches of rain has caused flooding and mudslides.



Heavy rain in the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora have resulted in the evacuation of 400 people due to flooding and mudslides. 50 millimeters of rain have fallen in the region since last night.

Several neighborhoods were inundated in the town of Guaymas where flooding and mudslides were the worst.

Desalojan a 400 por Jimena en Sonora (El Universal)

Intensas lluvias en el sur del estado provocadas por Jimena en las últimas horas, provocaron que unas 400 personas fueran desalojadas de zonas de alto riesgo y trasladadas a albergues, confirmaron autoridades.

El director de la Unidad Estatal de Protección Civil, Wilebaldo Alatrsite Candiani indicó que el principal problema se presenta en el municipio de Guaymas, donde se registran varias colonias inundadas y deslaves en cerros.

"En Guaymas tenemos el mayor problema, unas 400 personas fueron trasladadas a los albergues temporales y se espera que siga lloviendo", dijo el funcionario estatal.

Por su parte, el jefe de meteorología a nivel regional de la Comisión Nacional del Agua, Martín Barrón Félix señaló que en Guaymas y Empalme se han registrado precipitaciones de alrededor de los 50 milímetros acumulados desde ayer por la noche.

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