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Baja California braces for storm

October 20, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Hurricane Rick was more than a day away from the resorts of Baja California but the 13-foot waves it kicked up had already killed one person in Los Cabos, which lies almost directly in its forecast path.

Francisco Cota, the Los Cabos civil defense director, said a 38-year-old man was standing on a rocky point fishing when he was swept away by one of the big waves Sunday. He was dead by the time bystanders got him out of the water.

Storm shelters were being opened at schools and patrol vehicles equipped with loudspeakers were making the rounds of low-lying neighborhoods, urging people to evacuate.

Hurricane Rick's maximum sustained winds decreased to nearly 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane, down from its peak of 180 mph last week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

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