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Hurricane Lane Revs Up on Path to Baja's Tip

September 16, 2006|From the Associated Press

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Tropical Storm Lane became a Category 2 hurricane Friday as it roared toward the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, lashing Mexico's Pacific coast, flooding port cities and causing a landslide that killed a 7-year-old boy in Acapulco.

Mexico issued hurricane warnings for the southern tip of Baja and for a stretch of mainland coastline from El Roblito to Altata.

Forecasts had Lane's outer bands lashing an area encompassing Cabo San Lucas and its twin resort, San Jose del Cabo, but the eye was expected to shift east and move ashore near the mainland city of Los Mochis early Monday. The storm was then forecast to dissipate in Mexico without reaching the U.S.

Late Friday, the hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and was predicted to strengthen. It was centered 215 miles east-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, moving north-northwest at about 12 mph.

Lane was following roughly the same path as Hurricane John, which raked Mexico's Pacific coast early this month before slamming into Baja California, killing five people and damaging 160 homes.

Cabo San Lucas was sunny and hot Friday, but tourists were scrambling to catch flights before the storm hit.

Residents, still recovering from John, were boarding up windows again and stockpiling supplies.

Lane was already causing flooding in the port city of Lazaro Cardenas in the central state of Michoacan, where more than 500 people were evacuated from their homes after a canal overflowed, officials said.

Earlier, the storm dumped rain and whipped up waves in Acapulco. Officials said a 7-year-old boy was killed late Thursday in a landslide caused by the heavy rains.

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