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Hurricane brings floods; 1 killed

September 04, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Hurricane Jimena unleashed flooding that killed at least one man and cut off hundreds of people in remote fishing villages on Mexico's Baja California peninsula before mellowing into a drifting tropical storm.

The 75-year-old victim drowned when his house flooded in the village of Mulege on the west coast of the peninsula, said Jose Gajon de la Toba, director of Civil Protection in Baja California Sur state. He said another person was missing in the village of San Buto.

Emergency workers evacuated thousands of people from shacks and low-lying areas before Jimena made landfall Wednesday, but some refused to leave their homes.

Loreto, the nearest significant resort town to the area where Jimena made landfall, suffered some damage to homes and streets, as well as Ciudad Constitucion, an inland town.

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