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Norbert Weakens, Sends High Waves To California Coast

September 7, 2014

By The Associated Press

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LOS CABOS, Mexico - Hurricane Norbert slumped to tropical storm force off of Mexico`s Baja California peninsula on Sunday after pounding fishing villages and damaging more than 1,000 homes while kicking up dangerous surf farther north along the California coast.

Norbert peaked as a Category 3 hurricane early Saturday with sustained winds of 120 mph, but by Sunday it was a rapidly weakening tropical storm with winds of 60 mph.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was likely to fade as it bends toward the coast of the peninsula by midweek, bringing more heavy rains to the Baja desert and to the U.S. Southwest.

Though it has stayed away from land, Norbert passed near enough to the coast in recent days to drench fishing villages and resorts, and pound beaches.

High surf and waves broke a contention wall and flooded the fishing village of Puerto San Carlos, said Venustiano Perez, mayor of the municipality of Comondu, which encompasses the village and is located about 300 miles north of the tip of the peninsula.

The state government reported that 500 people there had gone to shelters and health officials were taking steps to fight mosquitoes in stagnant water to prevent the spread of dengue

At least 2,000 people were evacuated from Los Cabos, La Paz and Comondu, said the state government`s civil protection director Carlos Rincon.

The hurricane also was causing high surf along the beaches of Southern California and contributing to rainstorms across the Southwest.

Earlier, the storm toppled trees and knocked out electricity in parts of Los Cabos. Firefighters rescued several people from vehicles stranded in flooded streets, said Wenceslao Pettit, public safety director in Cabo San Lucas.

Ports in the area popular with U.S. tourists remained closed to navigation and police officers were sent to the evacuated neighborhoods to prevent looting, Pettit added.

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Story image: A sign warns visitors of high surf as they stand on the jetty protecting Dana Point Harbor, California. Hurricane Norbert is responsible for the high surf. AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Nick Agro

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