Hurricane Sandra, which on Thursday morning was a major hurricane boasting sustained winds of 130 mph, is expected to weaken rapidly later in the day as it begins to veer to the northeast, toward the Mexican mainland.
Sandra is expected to pass beneath Cabo San Lucas, at Baja California’s tip, as a tropical storm (winds of 73 mph or lighter) late Friday.
There were no warnings in effect but the National Hurricane Center issued this caution in its 8 a.m. report:
"INTERESTS IN SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE BAJA CALIFORNIA PENINSULA
SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF SANDRA. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MAY
BE REQUIRED FOR PORTIONS OF THIS AREA LATER TODAY."
Sandra, the most powerful Eastern Pacific hurricane known to have occurred this late in the year, was located 495 miles south of Baja California’s tip early Thursday.
–Hurricane Sandra image courtesy of NASA