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Mexico breathes sigh of relief as hurricane Jimena weakens

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MEXICO CITYHurricane Jimena, which had grown nearly to a Category 5 storm threatening to batter Mexico's Baja peninsula, weakened considerably today, and the resort town of Los Cabos has breathed a sigh of relief as it seems to have escaped major damage.

Now a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds at 105 miles per hour, the US National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Jimena should gradually weaken as it moves northward. It is currently about 95 miles west-southwest of La Paz and 110 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lazaro.

"The core of Jimena will be near or just offshore the west coast of the southern Baja California peninsula today and near or over the central Baja California peninsula on Thursday," the US National Hurricane Center announced in a public advisory. "A dangerous storm surge along with large and dangerous battering waves will produce significant coastal flooding along the Baja California peninsula."

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