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Hurricane Norbert
 Norbert has become a major hurricane with winds near 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour, as it churns towards Mexico's tourist destination of Baja, California, the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday.

The NHC's five-day forecast showed Norbert, currently located in the Pacific Ocean about 470 miles (755 kilometers) south of Baja's southern tip, striking the peninsula at hurricane strength late Friday or early Saturday.

"Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours," the NHC said.

Currently category three, Norbert could reach category-four status -- with winds above 131 miles (210 kilometers) per hour -- as it plows west-northwest, then turns north on Thursday.

It is likely to weaken early Friday, but could still approach the slender peninsula as a category two or three hurricane, the NHC said.

"While it is still premature to say what kind of impact Norbert may have on Baja, California, interests in the area, especially the southern peninsula, should monitor the progress of Norbert," the center said.

Southern Baja California includes the state capital of La Paz and the resort centers of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

The 1,100-kilometer-long peninsula in northwestern Mexico abuts the US state of California and is mostly separated from mainland Mexico by the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez.

Norbert is forecast to cross the peninsula, then head across mainland Mexico as it weakens and strike the US states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona as a tropical depression.

Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 5:30 PM by Nick Fong
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Mikeys-Luxury said:

I was on a carnival cruise that had to change or cancle all its ports because of the hurricane. It kinda ruined the cruise i wish they woudl have told my friends and i before hand.

# October 24, 2008 10:01 AM
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