Hurricane Norbert in Pacific
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This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at 02:00 AM EDT shows most of the west underneath fair skies with areas of high pressure. The active area is off the coast of Mexico with tropical storm Norbert. The storm is located 120 miles SW off Cabo Corrientes Mexico with winds sustained at 50 MPH. The storm is moving to Northwest and expected not to effect any land. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
Norbert has become a hurricane in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Norbert reached hurricane strength on Wednesday, packing top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). It is centred about 215 miles (345 kilometres) south of the Baja peninsula.
Forecasters say Norbert is headed west-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph) and expected to approach the southern tip of the peninsula sometime Thursday and trek nearly parallel to lower Baja's Pacific coast Friday.
Forecasters say a tropical storm warning is in effect from La Paz to Santa Fe, Mexico while a tropical storm watch is in effect north of Santa Fe to Cabo San Lazaro and north of La Paz to San Evaristo, Mexico.
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