By Pete Thomas
A tropical storm warning was issued Sunday for a portion of mainland Mexico and much of Baja California Sur, including Cabo San Lucas, as Tropical Storm Javier takes aim at the Baja California peninsula.
On Sunday afternoon, Javier was located 85 miles southwest of Puerto Vallarta, and traveling west-northwest at mph. Javier boasted winds of 45 mph and was expected to strengthen, but the storm is not expected to attain hurricane strength (74 mph).
However, Javier will deliver heavy rain over a vast area – including both sides of the Baja peninsula – and could generate dangerous flooding over the next several days.
According to the Florida-based National Hurricane Center, Javier’s center will pass to the west of Baja California's tip beginning Monday. (The Cabo San Lucas port was ordered closed at 5 p.m. Sunday.) Javier is expected to make landfall far to the north, on Wednesday or Thursday.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes (Puerto Vallarta) on the mainland, and from La Paz southward and westward to Santa Fe, including Cabo San Lucas, in Baja California Sur.
Javier is expected to remain a tropical storm at least through Wednesday.
–Graphic courtesy of WeatherUnderground.com