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Tropical Storm Norbert Bulks Up to Hurricane Off Baja Peninsula

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Strong waves caused by hurricane "Norbert" hit Mazatlan Port, in Sinaloa State, northwest Mexico. ( Juan Perez/Xinhua/Landov)  

By    |   Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 09:26 AM

Tropical Storm Norbert has become a hurricane churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

The Associated Press reported the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami as saying early Thursday that Norbert was packing top sustained winds of 80 mph. It's centered about 165 miles south of the Baja peninsula.

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Forecasters say Norbert, which reached hurricane strength Wednesday, is heading northwest near 6 mph and is expected to approach the southern tip of the peninsula Thursday and trek nearly parallel to the Pacific coast Friday.

Forecasters say a tropical storm warning is in effect from La Paz to Cabo San Lazaro, while a tropical storm watch is in effect north of Cabo San Lazaro to Puerto San Andresito and north of La Paz to San Evaristo.

Meanwhile, heavy rains from Tropical Storm Dolly threatened flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas as it moved in from Mexico's Gulf coast, where authorities had readied shelters and suspended school classes on Wednesday.

The storm was expected to bring 5 to 10 inches of rain to states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz, along the Gulf coast and inland. Life-threatening flash floods and mud slides were possible in mountainous areas.

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Tropical Storm Norbert has become a hurricane churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
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