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Baja California Braces for Norbert Effects This Weekend

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
September 7, 2014; 8:14 AM ET

Hurricane Norbert continues to churn and will move near the shorelines of Baja California and northwestern Mexico this weekend. Despite weakening late this weekend, regions will be faced with high surf, strong winds and flooding.

"Given the proximity to land, the storm will bring large waves and swells to the coast from Baja California of Mexico into Southern California," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Randy Adkins said.

Rough surf with waves of 4 to 8 feet will create dangerous beach conditions along the southwest coast of Mexico and Baja California through Sunday. Waves could reach heights of 12-15 feet at times along the southern Baja coastline.

Currently the hurricane is a category 3, with maximum sustained wind gusts of 115 mph.

Norbert will begin a gradual weakening trend late this weekend as it moves over increasingly cooler waters, tracking parallel to the Baja Peninsula.

Even though landfall is not expected over Baja California, tropical storm-force winds will still batter southern areas which could result in some power outages.

"Winds of 40-50 mph will brush the southern reaches of Baja California over the next 12-24 hours including the resort city of Cabo San Lucas, but fortunately the strongest winds associated with Norbert will remain offshore," Adkins said. "Heavy rainfall will not be a widespread threat, though some flooding will be possible across the southern Baja."

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Despite slowly weakening and moving farther from the coast of Baja California over the weekend, tropical moisture will be pulled across Baja California and northern Mexico, fueling widespread daily thunderstorms. These storms will be capable of producing flash flooding and also elevate the threat of mudslides.

While Norbert will briefly track farther west over the weekend, the storm could be pulled back toward northern Baja as a much weaker storm during the first half of next week. Despite being in a weakened state, moisture will continue to be pulled into the southwest United States and northern Baja California, furthering the threat of flooding.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Spamer contributed content to this story.

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